The Staff & Graph Podcast
The End… For Now

The End… For Now

July 28, 2020
On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian explain why the podcast is coming to an end, what the future holds, their favourite moments, and behind the scenes of making the pod. In the mailbag, they discuss potential underdogs and disappointments in the playoffs. Finally, they do a few top 3s with some funny stories woven in (Ian made Rachel tell the Mike Johnson story). 
Thank you to everyone who supported the podcast!
The Buffalo Dumpster Fire

The Buffalo Dumpster Fire

June 17, 2020
On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian breakdown what happened in Buffalo, what makes a successful ownership group and what doesn't, why owners making hockey decisions is a bad idea and where the Sabres go from here. On they Kovalev Shift they discuss how much of a say Jack Eichel has in Sabresland. Finally, in the Mailbag they discuss Video vs. Live Scouting, Bayern Munich and Netflix
Jack Han

Jack Han

May 26, 2020
On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian are joined by Jack Han. On the podcast, they talk Rachel and Jack being interviewed by Lou, USports, Sheldon Keefe's thoughts on coaching, diversity in hockey, using tennis and NHL20 to improve hockey IQ, Jack's book, and the four levels of scouting. 
Cat Silverman and the Draft

Cat Silverman and the Draft

May 5, 2020
On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Catherine Silverman from InGoal Magazine joins Rachel and Ian to discuss evaluating goalies with metrics and the eye test. They also discuss the mental fortitude vs. athleticism debate. Later, Rachel and Ian make their case for why having an early June draft is a terrible idea - there are a lot of reasons. On the Kovalev Shift, they give a podcast update and talk about their mental health. Finally, in the Top 3, they tell some little known facts about themselves.
Evaluating Goaltenders

Evaluating Goaltenders

April 28, 2020
On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian discuss goaltending, what is and isn't available, Cole Anderson and Steve Valiquette's work, and team play impact on goalie results. On the Kovalev Shift, they discuss which you need more of, athleticism or mental fortitude (even though you need both). In the top 3, they discuss their top three Sodas, and Too Hot to Handle characters
Zone Entries

Zone Entries

April 21, 2020
On this episode of the Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian dive deep into why zone entries are important to offensive and team success, who's good at them, when to dump the puck in, why shots off the rush are more dangerous than the cycle, how to defend the rush, and who's good at it (some surprises!). On the Kovalev Shift, they discuss whether you should set up or get a chance from a PP entry. Finally, in the top 3, they dive into their favorite Bands & Exercises to do at home - including a progressive overload explanation.
Awards Season

Awards Season

April 14, 2020
On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian debate who their top 3 would be for each NHL award and why they probably differ from how the voters see things. They discuss why having 2 stars on the team makes it easier to succeed, as well as Hellebuyck and Panarin's value to their teams. Finally, in the top three, they give their top Easter foods, and drunk foods.
Boy Genius

Boy Genius

April 7, 2020
On this episode of the Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian are joined by the Athletic's Harman Dayal to discuss everything Canucks, Markstrom's value, Quinn Hughes, and how to include tracking data into stories. On the Kovalev Shift: The Canucks drafting success and Judd Brackett. Finally, in the Top 3: Canucks stories heading into next year & current TV shows.
Gegenpress/Swarm System

Gegenpress/Swarm System

March 31, 2020
On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian break down the swarm forecheck, how Vegas does it so effectively, why the tactic is effective, and discuss why it is hockey's version of the Gegenpress in soccer - with a special focus on Liverpool. On the Kovalev Shift they they hit the ice to discuss Powerplay Drop Passes. Finally, in the Top 3, they break down their 3 favourite board games and NHL teams to watch (past/present).
5v5 vs Special Teams Differences

5v5 vs Special Teams Differences

March 24, 2020
On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian discuss the differences between playing at even strength and special teams, how tactics change and disagree on whether it's philosophically different. As well as what players are better at 5v5, but not useful on the PP and vice versa. On the Kovalev Shift Rachel goes off about Devils owner Josh Harris' decision to cut employee salaries. Finally, in the top three, they discuss their favourite soccer/basketball players and video games.
 

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