July 17, 2015

Michael Clifford


Looking as some numbers that will help or hurt the fantasy stock of guys like Chris Kunitz and T.J. Oshie.


Anyone that has followed my writing for any length of time, even if it's just the few months I have been with Dobber, knows that a lot of my methodology is using numbers. There is one big reason for this.

To put it bluntly, it's just impossible to keep up with all the hockey games. Just think about it. Every season features 82 games from 30 teams. That's a total of 1230 regular season games. A 60 minute hockey game with the included stoppages, not including intermissions and commercials, takes about 90 minutes (a 150 minute game is with all intermissions/commercials, less 36 minutes for two intermissions, less about 22 minutes for in-period commercials is actually more than 90 minutes, but let's work with round numbers here). That works out to 1845 hours, or about 11 weeks. If you wanted to watch every NHL game at a very good efficiency rate, it would take you more than two months straight to watch them all.

So we can't watch every game. Not only that, it's impossible to remember everything that occurs during a game. We remember the memorable moments: nice dangles, great saves, clutch goals. We may even remember things if we're looking for them specifically (i.e. tracking a game for zone exits). But overall, we only remember a small fraction of every game, and even then, we might not remember those moments for long.