Stop reading here if you don't believe there is a happy medium between Eye Testers and The Analytics Movement.Randy Carlyle Last 10 ( 3-7-0)
Peter Horachek First 10 ( 1-8-1)
Can we all agree that wins are good?
Can we also agree that watching back and forth open hockey is exciting?
Do we agree that watching structured shot suppressing hockey is boring?
Previous to the coaching change I would sit there and watch our Leafs play, becoming infuriated witnessing the onslaught of pucks our two netminders had to face. Only to get excited when they would have an odd man rush the other way, scoring, then winning, because they could capatilize on our opponents mistakes.(<----- If you remember anything from this entry -- remember this). Since the day of epiphany (Jan 6th), the difference in play itself is very visible to the eye, and also to the possession data provided and borrowed from www.war-on-ice.com. So far, under the Horachek regime, the game actually looks more even and not lopsided like before Randy Carlyle's departure. They are actually playing in the offensive zone. So much so, that our shot-attempts for, have increased, and our shot-attempts against, have dropped -- overnight. Those who swear by Corsi metrics alone, should agree, that zone time has been better split. Our 5v5 CorsiFor% through the last 10 games is just under 50%, including two back to back's. To be honest anyone who has watched these games to their entirety should be able to validate the data by eye. They look better. Their play on the back to backs was also to be expected.