Hockey Stats 101: Learning the basics

This is a crash course in hockey analytics. It won’t be exploring particularly complex topics, but it will provide you with a solid foundation that will make following the game — and finding value in the betting market — easier. Here are some statistics that help us predict goals.

SHOT ATTEMPTS

Corsi (a dumb name for a statistic) is the foundation on which hockey analytics were built. While it’s sometimes referred to as an advanced statistic, there’s nothing advanced about it. At its core, Corsi is just plus-minus for shot attempts. It’s useful because shot-attempt differential actually does a better job of predicting future goal differential than does past goal differential. 

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