Kevin SchultzLast week we celebrated the Greatest Playoff Streak of All-Time and today marks one of the worst (but with a nice memory).
May 14th marks the 21st anniversary of the last time the New York Islanders won a playoff series, which of course was in 1993 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on David Volek’s dramatic overtime goal to knock out the two-time champs. Visual evidence for those of you not of legal drinking age:
So yes, the Islanders last playoff win is now as old as anyone celebrating their 21st birthday tonight. If you know a person under 21, know that they were not alive the last time the Islanders won a series. It’s been a while and we’re not reasonably closer to breaking the streak.
In other news, the NHL is reportedly looking into a player tracking system, similar to what the NBA has been using. If you’re not familiar, at its core the NBA system uses a computer system and series of cameras to track where players are on the court, where the ball is and the movement of all of those things. It’s provided by a company called Sport VU and it allows teams, fans and anyone interested to get data on how fast the players move, where they move, where the ball moves, which player the ball is moving to, when is moves to them, how often it move to them and a whole host of other things. This is the sort of system used if you’ve ever watched a soccer game and the announcer tells you how far a player has run that day. It’s a system like this tracking the movement.
And all that may soon come to the NHL. The Globe and Mail reports that the league is looking at putting this system in place for the 2015-16 season. So there could be a whole new world of data and information coming soon to an NHL near you, provided they’re able to effectively track the puck. From the Globe and Mail article, tracking an object much smaller and faster moving than a basketball sounds like a work in progress.
But via Deadspin, here’s kind of a taste of how the accuracy of the NHL’s “real-time stats” will improve. Right now, the real-time stats are tracked by arena statisticians and provide some inconsistent results depending on arena.
Imagine not only tracking Matt Martin’s hits accurately but also understanding the force of them, which player he hits the most, and how fast he’s skating when he engages. That’s where this is heading.
Also: In other news, Scott Gordon speaks out about his time in Toronto including this one: “As coaches, we tried to address it and get the players to understand what we saw, but at the end of the day, they’ve got to go out and play.” … The Rangers, sigh, won Game Seven last night in Pittsburgh but they’re already golfing if you ask The Hockey News… Condolences to Stan Fischler who lost his wife yesterday…