The Staff & Graph Podcast
Behind The Net

Behind The Net

March 19, 2020
On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian discuss the merits of creating offence from behind the net, touch on Ryan Stimson's work, why it is harder to defend, what players are best at it, and what teams have used it with effectiveness. On the Kovalev Shift, they discuss if the NHL comes back, what impact will the break have on game quality? Finally, on a new Segment called Top-3, they discuss, the Top-3 ML Socks to buy, series to binge watch, and quarantine snacks.
Coronavirus 101 - Ask a Professor

Coronavirus 101 - Ask a Professor

March 15, 2020
On this episode of the Staff and Graph Podcast, Ian asks Rachel a bunch of questions about COVID19. Rachel took the liberty of asking her professor who specializes in diseases about this virus and is here to pass on the information. Everything from what it is, how it spreads, how to socially distance, the impact on pro sports, and teams helping employees. On the Kovalev Shift, they discuss the danger of misinformation. And in the Mailbag, we've got a steering wheel update!! & some exciting news on the future of the podcast!
The Cost of Doing Business

The Cost of Doing Business

March 3, 2020
This week on The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian break down how the team who did the most at the deadline are doing since (CAR, TB, FLA, EDM), the cost of acquiring players and if they're worth it, and trades that confused them. On the Kovalev Shift, are the Flyers for real? In the mailbag they address, substance abuse impact on performance and how should star players avoid injuries?
Trade Evaluations

Trade Evaluations

February 21, 2020
On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian break down all the trades that happened in the past week including Zucker, Coleman, Toffoli, all the D, and Rachel's live reaction to the Kase trade. On the Kovalev shift, they talk about what teams need to do more at the deadline. Then, in the mailbag, they talk about analytics at school, the Canucks, and make fun of each other's life situations.
 
Sorry for the iffy audio this week <3
Playing Hurt

Playing Hurt

February 11, 2020
 
On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian are under the weather and discuss playing hurt vs. injured, their own injury stories, indicators of an injury, and when to play vs. not play. On the Kovalev Shift Rachel recaps the CBJHAC. Finally, in the mailbag they discuss communicating effectively, using analytics in arbitration, and give an update on Rachel's steering wheel.
 
Trade Deadline Prep

Trade Deadline Prep

February 4, 2020
On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian discuss how teams prep for the trade deadline behind the scenes, sellers/buyers, where players would fit, and Rachel's car gettting broken into. On the Kovalev Shift, they discuss an all forward PP. In the Mailbag, they discuss building Seattle, using stat to evaluate players, and replacing stats on broadcasts.
Behind The Curtain

Behind The Curtain

January 28, 2020
On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian discuss the intricacies of internal data vs. external data, how player tracking can be used and presented to NHL front offices and fans, the disconnect between eye test and data truthers and the opportunity the NHL has. On the Kovalev Shift they discuss #BellLetsTalk day and mental health. Finally, on the mailbag they address the Kobe Bryant passing, winning without complete eliteness, and seeing xG on TV.
Biases in Hockey

Biases in Hockey

January 21, 2020
 
On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian define different types of biases and their relation to hockey. Ian discusses his in relation to report cards, while Rachel touches on hers from her time in the NHL, and how to marry eye test with numbers. 
On the Kovalev Shift they discuss how to measure a defensive defenceman. This weeks Mailbag: why hockey fans are offended by analytics, being a coach/GM at the same time, internal vs. public analytics
NHL Season Surprises

NHL Season Surprises

January 14, 2020
On this episode of The Staff And Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian discuss the biggest surprises of the NHL season, the New Jersey Devils direction and share thoughts on the Kassian/Tkachuk incident during the Kovalev Shift. An extended mailbag covered Panarin, assessing goalies, and Ian's sleep schedule.
Sample Sizes

Sample Sizes

January 7, 2020

On this episode of The Staff and Graph Podcast, Rachel and Ian discuss the Hunters, the World Juniors, proper sample sizes in scouting and advanced metrics in the NHL. On the Kovalev Shift, they discuss how stats help identify late developers in the draft.

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