There are those that communicate with members of Arctic Ice Hockey often but openly mention that they do not understand shot metrics. Usually, they cite things like stupidity, age, or being too old school as the reasoning. There are also media members who state that the numbers in underlying analytics are too complex for use with the general public.
In high school chemistry, students are taught something called “the Bohr model”. Without going in much detail, the Bohr model was a simple hypothesis on how atoms are framed. The hypothesis though turned out to be overly simplistic. Atoms are far more complex; yet the Bohr model is still taught in high school. The reason it is still taught is because -despite its flaws- it works. The model explains things sufficiently well enough that you can learn the basics of chemistry without any issues.
This article covers hockey statistics in much the same way. This is not an in-depth introduction to underlying numbers; you can get enough of that here if you want. It is however a way to show how hockey statistics represent important factors that have always been part of the game.
Welcome to hockey statistics for idiots (insert the yellow and black cover here)."
— garret9, “Underlying Metrics Are Stupid… Stupid Easy”, 2014 July 17
Sidney Crosby isn’t having surgery.
Although Crosby has been plagued by wrist pain this summer, the Penguins’ captain will not have a surgical procedure to repair the injury.
According to the Penguins, Crosby will continue to undergo treatment for his injury.
In a statement on Twitter, the team said Crosby sought “additional medical advice” and that it was determined the injury did not require surgery, despite reports in other media outlets that an operation already was planned.
The Tribune-Review reported last week that no decision had been made regarding a possible operation for Crosby. Sources told the Tribune-Review last week that the injury took place during a game in late March, when Crosby’s hand absorbed the brunt of a hit into the boards."
— Josh Yohe (via sidmalkin)