Ramblings: Flames Outbreak; Shot Improvements for Marchand, Kaliyev, Raddysh; Malkin Returning Soon – December 14

Michael Clifford

2021-12-14

The only NHL game was postponed due to COVID issues, so there is a lot of time for updates, news bits, and some research. We have all three in today's Ramblings.

First, Calgary does have a COVID outbreak on the team. There are numerous players in protocols, as well as coaches, so the league has gone beyond just postponing the Monday night game, they're postponing Calgary's games for the week:

Get your boosters, please.

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At this point, we have basically two months played from this season, and that makes a nice split for us. We can look at the first half of the season (so far), the second half, and where the changes have come. For today, we are going to look at shot-rate changes. We will be using the data from Natural Stat Trick, as well. Finally, players will have to have played at least 50 minutes in each half to try and filter out some of the players that may have a tiny sample skewing everything. I mean, we're only one-third of the way into the season and we're splitting that season in half, so all these samples are small. You get what I mean.

Either way, let's look at some guys that have seen a big shot attempt rate (iCF/60) jump over the last month-ish of play, compared to the first month, at all strengths.

Brad Marchand

The biggest change in shot rate for any left winger in the NHL came from Brad Marchand. For the first month,