September 18, 2014

Analyzing Mike Johnston's Defensive Zone Coverage

The mystery that is new Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach Mike Johnston is about to be revealed. While he has spent much of the summer getting to know the city of Pittsburgh and the players he will be coaching, he has been avoiding revealing too much about the systems he will employ this season.

The first priority for Mike Johnston in training camp is to begin the process of educating the Pittsburgh Penguins players as to how they are expected to play. While a great deal is known about Mike Johnston’s offensive philosophy based on his Coach’s Corner blog when he was with the Portland Winterhawks. Very little appears known about his defensive system other than his belief that a good offense starts deep in the defensive zone.

September 16, 2014

Longtime Calgary Inferno Chelsea Purcell Not at Training Camp

On of the original members of the Calgary Inferno/Team Alberta, and their first captain, in the CWHL was Chelsea Purcell. Unfortunately it appears that the Calgary Inferno will need to pursue the Clarkson Cup this year without her in their lineup. She will be a big loss to the CWHL as a whole.

September 15, 2014

Calgary Inferno Now a True Clarkson Cup Contender

Calgary Inferno training camp is underway

The Calgary Inferno of the CWHL official opened their training camp and tryouts this past week. This is an exciting season for fans of the Calgary Inferno. This will be their third season competing in the CWHL and they are coming off their first appearance in the Clarkson Cup Tournament last March. 

After combining for just eight wins in 39 games over their first two seasons in the CWHL, last year they made tremendous strides racking up 12 victories in 24 games. Three key areas of improvement last season were in their goals for and shots for percentages as the following numbers show. 

September 12, 2014

A must read for our followers: Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract 2014

Rob Vollman's second edition of the Hockey Abstract book for 2014.
The original inspiration and statistics that were brought into the world of Women's Hockey by Mike's Mumbles were largely based on the work of Hockey Statistics guru Rob Vollman. Between Value Over Replacement Player and Quality Starts, both were pioneered at Hockey Abstract.

The reasoning as to why statistical analysis can further promote enjoyment of the sport is best summed up by Rob Vollman.

September 11, 2014

The Best Women's Hockey Blogs

The best blogs are well documented on the men's side of the game of hockey. However it can be more difficult to find quality coverage of the women's game. At late a number of quality blogs have been created, some more recently than others.

Here is a listing, from oldest to newest, of the best Women's Hockey coverage that you will find online. If there is any blog or blogger that I have missed please comment below.

September 10, 2014

Karolina Urban Retires from the CWHL

Calgary Inferno logo; Karolina Urban's final stop in the CWHL. 
An unfortunate development for the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women's Hockey League is the retirement of forward Karolina Urban.

Mike's Mumbles included in Yahoo Sports Puck Daddy post

Puck Headlines: Minnesota goalie controversy; women's hockey fancy stats; Sarich on crash

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September 4, 2014

Should the Penguins take the Leap of Faith for Dan Carcillo?

After being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2003 Dan Carcillo has played 390 NHL games between stops in Arizona, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Now aged 29, with a Stanley Cup ring from the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, the Penguins have signed Dan Carcillo to a professional tryout offer.
After having accumulated 1179 penalty minutes, 96 fights and 14 games worth of suspensions Dan Carcillo has developed a poor reputation around the NHL. Once a reputation of his sort is established it makes it difficult to properly assess his impact as a player. Let’s take a closer objective look at what value Dan Carcillo can potentially bring to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

August 29, 2014

Q&A Feature on SB Nation's Hockey Wilderness

Thanks to Angelica, writer at Hockey Wilderness, for taking the time to put together this post on Mike's Mumbles and Women's Hockey!

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CWHL Database Update: eShots Added!

The CWHL Database has been updated to at the newly created estimated shots statistic (eShots) for individual players. For more information about the statistic see this post: Estimated Shots Study for CWHL Players.