On Friday the NHL will announce it's adding a brand new set of statistics on its website. Things like shot attempts for and against and quality of competition will be available at fans' fingertips once again.
"It'll be much deeper, much richer, much more usable from a fan standpoint," NHL chief operation officer John Collins said last month at the all-star game. "We're not trying to put anybody out of business. We believe in the statistical business."
One of the goals is to standardize information across the board. Some sites, like War On Ice and Progressive Hockey, have advanced metrics now, but the numbers can be inconsistent from one site to another.
Through a partnership with SAP, the same analytics company the Maple Leafs are working with, the NHL will make the information more uniform. The common terms like Corsi and Fenwick reportedly won't be used, which rankles those in the analytics community, but the principles of those statistics will remain.
Eventually, Collins hinted at the NHL having digital versions of every game sheet of every game played in the league's history. There's seemingly no limit to the kind of information fans, players and teams can access.
"You put that into the digital record, you give fans with people like SAP the ability to kind of surf through it and pick and choose what they want, you marry that to video highlights, and all of a sudden you're allowing a core fan to go as far down the rabbit hole as they want to go," Collins said. "You're letting casual fans kind of begin to understand how the great players from generation to generation were considered to be great."
Friday's announcement coincides with the upcoming Stadium Series game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. SAP is the title sponsor of the Sharks' home arena.
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