NHL admits Colorado Avalanche goal should've counted on coach's challenge – ESPN

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Associated Press

The NHL said Friday that a video review had incorrectly nullified a late-game goal by the Colorado Avalanche during a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues, the first mistake of its kind since coach’s challenges were added before the 2015-16 season.

The league said it made a mistake by taking away Mikko Rantanen‘s goal late in the third period Thursday night on a coach’s challenge for offside. The review determined that Sven Andrighetto was offside, but on his previous entry into the offensive zone — a play that would not be subject to a challenge.

The disputed sequence happened in a matter of seconds. Andrighetto was in the offensive zone when he gets possession of the puck, which would make him offside, and some of the Blues stopped skating. He re-entered the zone onside and fed the puck to Rantanen for the goal.

The on-ice officials, in consultation with the NHL’s situation room in Toronto, incorrectly reviewed the first zone entry, which happened less than 2 seconds earlier. By rule, challenges can only be made on the entry into the offensive zone before a goal. Because of that, the league says “the goal should have counted.”

If the goal had counted, the Avalanche and Blues would have been tied at 4-all at 17:26 of the third period and St. Louis would have been given a two-minute minor penalty.

The NHL did not contemplate restarting the game from that point.

An Avalanche spokesman said the team had no comment. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong, whose father was a linesman, said on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central that ultimately the right call was made because the play was offside initially.

“The wording of the rule is wrong, not the call on the ice,” Armstrong said.

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Fantasy hockey forecaster Week 4: Oct. 23-29 – ESPN

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In what wasn’t expected to be a banner year for rookies, the kids are all right. After being treated to the rookie campaigns of Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Jack Eichel in recent years, expectations were low coming into this season. But we have plenty of first-year NHLers making names for themselves and forcing their way into fantasy lineups.

Will Butcher, D, New Jersey Devils (rostered in 74.3 percent of ESPN leagues)

With nine assists though his first seven NHL games, Butcher is paying massive dividends on the Devils blue line. In fact, when you see that his ice time per game has been as low as 12:45 and he averages only 15:27, his contributions are somewhat shocking. A big part of his success is coming from the power play, where Butcher leads the Devils in total ice time and has earned five of his assists. He is not going to score many goals, as evidenced by his five shots on goal and four games with zero shots registered, but Butcher is going to keep getting helpers on the power play. He could still be available in shallow leagues and makes for a better option than defensemen such as Jared Spurgeon, Nick Leddy, Jacob Trouba or Keith Yandle (all rostered in more leagues than Butcher).

Clayton Keller, C/RW, Arizona Coyotes (36.6 percent)

With two weeks down, Victoria Matiash reviews the injury report for all 31 NHL teams and evaluates the fantasy spin.

When Keller is on, he is on. But when he is off, he is off. Fortunately, the average at the end of the day is still useful for fantasy owners. Three of Keller’s seven games have accounted for all five of his goals, 16 of his 27 shots and a minus-1 rating.

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Blackhawks allow most shots on goal in NHL — here's how they can fix it – Chicago Tribune

In the first period of the Blackhawks‘ 2-1 overtime loss to the Oilers on Thursday, the line of Patrick Kane, Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman performed a clinic on how to keep possession of the puck in the offensive zone.

They cycled the puck and passed it around while taking a few shots for more than a minute, wearing out the Oilers defense. Finally the Oilers got hold of the puck, iced it and were able to get a change shortly after the ensuing faceoff.

The sequence, which drew a standing ovation from the United Center crowd, was most important for what didn’t occur: any Oilers shots.

The Oilers finished with 42 shots on goal, bringing the Hawks’ average to 36.8 shots allowed per game. That’s the most in the NHL.

It’s a concerning stat early in the season, and the best remedy has little to do with the Hawks defense. It has to do with the offense.

“We’ve got to play in the other team’s end more right at the start,” defenseman Duncan Keith said. “Whether that’s just getting quick to pucks or playing harder. I can do better in that regard. Spend less time in our own end, they’re not going to get as many shots.”

The Hawks’ puck-possession metrics have slipped the last two seasons from their Stanley Cup years, when they were among the league’s elite in relative shot attempts during five-on-five play. And they’re off to a bad start in that department.

The Hawks’ Corsi percentage, which measures the overall shot attempts a team takes compared with its opponents, is 46.6 percent, 25th in the league through Thursday, according to naturalstattrick.com.

“Puck possession … the last four games hasn’t been great,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “Puck management, protecting it, keeping

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Era Adjusted: Greatest NHL goal-scoring seasons of all-time – Sportsnet.ca

I write at least one “Alex Ovechkin is incredible” post per season. This season’s has come early.

Who is the best goal-scorer of all-time? The easy answer is the guy with the most goals: Wayne Gretzky.

So let’s change the question to: Who had the best goal-scoring season of all-time?

Again, the easy answer is the guy who holds the record for most goals in a season: Wayne Gretzky with 92 goals in 1981-82. But what if I told you that the era-adjusted numbers suggest Gretzky’s historic and seemingly unbeatable 92-goal season barely even cracks the Top 5 all-time?

This leads to a typical hockey argument today: If you gave Alexander Ovechkin a time machine, how many goals would he score in a different era?

Most hockey fans have probably been in a conversation where someone said something to the effect of “Well, everybody scored goals in the 1980s.”

They’re not kidding. Last season, NHL teams averaged 227 goals for and 227 against, or about 5.5 goals per game. When Gretzky scored 92 goals in the 1981-82 season, teams averaged over eight goals per game.

This is what hockey-reference’s, era-adjusted numbers are for. Goals are harder to score in today’s NHL, so in that sense, they mean more. This makes Ovechkin’s ridiculous nine goals in seven games to start the season just that much more impressive.

So let’s see what the numbers say.

What are the Top 10 era-adjusted single-seasons for goals scored?

That’s right: when adjusting for era, Alex Ovechkin’s 2007-08 is the second-best, goal-scoring season in NHL history.

There’s a lot to unpack here. On the list above, you’ll notice I included the actual amount of goals each player scored, followed by the amount of era-adjusted goals hockey-reference.com gives them, and the difference between the two.

Gordie Howe’s big boost also just

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A solution to the NHL's advanced stats problem – New York Post

During a recent casual conversation with someone who has been intimately involved in the NHL for decades, he jokingly said this: “You ever think that all of these off-ice officials are actually the same people in every arena?”

It was a funny take on this gaggle of people in each city who keep the official stats for the league, sitting up in press boxes all clad in starched white shirts and black blazers with the NHL shield sewn to the breast pocket (and into their hearts). The overwhelming majority of them are retired white men with poorly veiled rooting interests in the home team. I laughed and added that I always thought the guy with the mustache was in charge.

But the real point is that these are the people who are responsible for all the numbers that have such an influence on the perception of the game. A player and a team go into an contract arbitration hearing with reams of data to prove that he is either worth more or less than the money being offered, and all of that data is based on these off-ice officials properly recording a game that is damn near impossible to properly record.

Goals, assists, and even plus-minus rating have been used forever, and are somewhat indisputable. But so much of the “advanced stats” are based on shot attempts, and those can be very difficult to accurately report.

I like the idea of tracking possession, and I find stats like Corsi and Fenwick occasionally useful. But how about a shift when a player’s team has three attempted shots from the blue line that all go wide, and then he loses his man in the defensive zone and gives up a great scoring chance? He finishes that shift plus-2 in Individual Corsi. Was

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