Archive for Administrative Stuff

Jul
13

Summer admin stuff: Weekly mailbags, and some other stuff

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Well folks, summer time is here. The Rangers have some business to attend to, but aside from the four RFAs, there won’t be much news coming in Rangerland. But that doesn’t mean the blog shuts down. We will continue giving you daily content all summer long. But I wanted to let you all know about some features on the site that you may have missed.

First, there have been requests for weekly mailbags, and I am more than happy to oblige. There is a section in the sidebar called Mailbag, and you should use that to send me any questions you have. I will get to questions once per week, most likely on Saturdays.

Next, check out our Hockey Systems page. If you haven’t read those posts, you should. They give you in-depth analysis on the major systems teams like to use, and goes into how Alain Vigneault has his guys playing. Also, be sure to check out the complete 2015 Draft Page, where we have Josh’s previews, and our full recaps from the draft.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. You should also be following all of us on Twitter, links to the right under “Authors.”

One final thing: I know you don’t have to use our BSB Tickets link to buy tickets. But if you’re going to a third party for tickets, it would be greatly appreciated if you could support the blog as well. Not saying to go and spend your life savings on tickets, just saying that if you happen to be going to a third party for tickets, why not ours?

I’m going to be working on some back-end stuff this summer, and Josh is working on a pretty big salary cap project. Stay tuned for that. As always, email me using the Mailbag on the right if you have any questions.

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Jun
13

Welcome aboard, Josh Khalfin (@_NYRvana_)

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As we continue to grow the blog and the content we provide, something we’ve recognized here as a need is someone who knows the prospects. At Becky’s recommendation (and after I spent a long time on his blog https://crossicehockey.wordpress.com/), we are pleased to welcome aboard Josh Khalfin (@_NYRvana_). Josh is one of the few that knows Rangers prospects inside and out, and will be a big addition to the folks here.

As we lead up to the draft, Josh will be providing insight on draft prospects the Rangers may target with their picks in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th rounds. Assuming you guys don’t want to burn him at the stake, Josh will continue providing draft and Rangers prospect insight, as well as contributing regularly to the blog.

Welcome aboard Josh, glad to have you.

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Jun
08

New theme, again

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Sorry for all the changes to the design of the site. Once the slider in the last design proved to be a failure, I knew that design wasn’t lasting long. It was a pain to manage. This one is easier (it’s also the same layout of nyrgifs.com, which makes it easier on me). Hopefully this is the last change for a while.

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Apr
15

Wednesday Playoffs Open Thread

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The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs officially begin tonight, as four series kick off action:

  • The Sens/Habs start tonight in the battle of the goaltenders at 7pm on NHLN.
  • The Isles and Caps are on USA/MSG+ at 7pm as well in a series that will likely have more shot attempts than the other seven series combined.
  • The Hawks and Preds are up at 8:30pm on NBCSN. These are the 2 and 3 seeds in the Central, just showing how brutal that division is.
  • Finally the Canucks and Flames drop the puck at 10pm on USA in a series that has everyone saying “I can’t believe both of them made the playoffs.”

Use this thread to discuss the games, as all are nationally televised (good job NHL). The Yankees, Mets, and Knicks are all in action as well, if you’re a fan of torturing yourself.

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Apr
09

BSB Fanduel: 4/9

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Here is the info for today’s FanDuel league: Sign up for FanDuel here, the league link is here. We aren’t high rollers, it’s $2 to play.

For those unfamiliar, you are given $55,000 to construct a team of 2 LW, 2 RW, 2 C, 2 D, and 1 G. High fantasy points per game (FPG) with low cost is a good way to go, but look for streaks as well. Rotowire has a lineup optimizer, as does DangleFactory. They are good resources if this intrigues you, or you’re new to daily fantasy sports.

As always, if the league fills up before you can get in, let me know in the comments.

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Apr
07

BSB FanDuel Returns: 4/7

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It’s been a while since we’ve had a FanDuel league. Sorry about that. Here is the info for today’s FanDuel league: Sign up for FanDuel here, the league link is here. We aren’t high rollers, it’s $2 to play.

For those unfamiliar, you are given $55,000 to construct a team of 2 LW, 2 RW, 2 C, 2 D, and 1 G. High fantasy points per game (FPG) with low cost is a good way to go, but look for streaks as well. Rotowire has a lineup optimizer, as does DangleFactory. They are good resources if this intrigues you, or you’re new to daily fantasy sports.

As always, if the league fills up before you can get in, let me know in the comments.

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Mar
10

BSB FanDuel: 3/10

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Here is the info for today’s FanDuel league: Sign up for FanDuel here, the league link is here. We aren’t high rollers, it’s $2 to play.

For those unfamiliar, you are given $55,000 to construct a team of 2 LW, 2 RW, 2 C, 2 D, and 1 G. High fantasy points per game (FPG) with low cost is a good way to go, but look for streaks as well. Rotowire has a lineup optimizer, as does DangleFactory. They are good resources if this intrigues you, or you’re new to daily fantasy sports.

As always, if the league fills up before you can get in, let me know in the comments.

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It’s a bit of a slow weekend, and I figure now is the best time to assess what everyone thinks of the new design and things you want to see added or updated. We launched the new design in December, and I’ve made a few tweaks as time has passed (URL color, number of comments, things like that). There are some things in the works as well, particularly a new mobile website design, and one or two minor tweaks to the overall design (minor, but require me to learn more PHP).

Anyway, I wanted to use this post to gauge what you guys want to see added to the site, be it content related or design related. Nothing is taboo, and while some things are more feasible than others, we will do our best to make the site more accommodating and easy to use for everyone.

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Mar
03

BSB FanDuel: 3/3

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Here is the info for today’s FanDuel league: Sign up for FanDuel here, the league link is here. We aren’t high rollers, it’s $2 to play.

For those unfamiliar, you are given $55,000 to construct a team of 2 LW, 2 RW, 2 C, 2 D, and 1 G. High fantasy points per game (FPG) with low cost is a good way to go, but look for streaks as well. Rotowire has a lineup optimizer, as does DangleFactory. They are good resources if this intrigues you, or you’re new to daily fantasy sports.

As always, if the league fills up before you can get in, let me know in the comments.

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Feb
23

A quick primer on the new NHL stats page

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In case you missed it, the NHL stats page has been upgraded to include the #fancystats that we use here on a regular basis. The NHL changed the names (finally), so now it’s easier for people to understand what exactly Corsi, Fenwick, and PDO measure. Let’s break it down:

  • Shot Attempts (SAT) – this counts all shot attempts for/against a team while a player is on the ice. This was previously called Corsi.
    • This is broken down into SAT For (SATF) and SAT Against (SATA).
  • Unblocked Shot Attempts (USAT) – this counts all unblocked shot attempts for/against a team while a player is on the ice. This was previously called Fenwick.
    • This is also broken down into USAT For (USATF) and USAT Against (USATA).
  • Shooting Ratios (SAT/20, SAT/60) – this converts the raw counts of SAT and USAT into rates per 20 minutes of TOI and per 60 minutes of TOI. This is done because players with more ice time may have higher numbers than those who see less ice time.
    • This uses the same abbreviations above, but just adds /20 or /60 to the end.

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