Nashville Predators: A Crash Course in Modern Hockey Analytics

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If you’ve ever managed a fantasy sports team, you can understand why such value is placed in these metrics. It is vital to a team’s success to determine which players influence a team’s performance most substantially.

For roughly 90 years, NHL managers and coaches used the so-called “eye test” to make these determinations. With technological and intellectual advances, however, teams have a greater ability to construct their strongest possible lineup each night.

The Nashville Predators, for the first time in franchise history, have no easy roster decisions. Finally, the team has a surplus of extremely talented players at every single position. Rather than simply using goals and assists, Poile and Laviolette can use these and other metrics to make precise decisions as to who takes the ice each night.

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Whether you like old school hockey or are a total nerd like me, it helps to at least be familiar with these terms and statistics. In the end, it will simply make us all smarter hockey fans.