Detroit Red Wings Analytics: Jakub Kindl and Kyle Quincey Lead D in Corsi

detroit_red_wings_logoThe Detroit Red Wings have two often criticized defenseman, Jakub Kindl and Kyle Quincey, and it may surprise some fans then that both players lead the team in “Corsi for %” in all five-on-five situations*.

Now many fans may not have bought into the new “analytics movement” that is happening in hockey. Truth be told I have not either. One thing I do like to use the advanced analytics for is to back up or debunk some preconceived notions I may have. For instance, in this article, I am using the metrics to backup what I firmly believe from the first six hockey games of the year, that Kindl and Quincey are playing darn well.  Continue reading

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VIDEO: Pavel Datsyuk’s Incredible Goal Waved Off on Questionable Call

In his first game back from injury, Pavel Datsyuk nearly added another brilliant highlight to his resume. Heck, he did so anyway, even if his goal was waved off on a brutal call in front.

Datsyuk pulled off a spin-o-rama backhander that beat Carey Price top shelf, but Justin Abdelkader was called for making incidental contact with Price. Replays showed that Price appeared to initiate the contact with Abdelkader, who had stopped outside the crease.

The goal would have made it 2-0 Detroit. Instead, Montreal tied the game at one late, then won in overtime.

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Michigan State Spartans’ Ground Game Needs More Than Just Appearances By Delton Williams

Michigan-State-Spartans-Logo-jpgWhen the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines take the field on Saturday afternoon, a popular historical axiom throughout the series will likely continue to play a significant role in determining the overall victor.

Whichever team rushes for the most yards, historically, is likely to win. Some might think it to be a dated determiner, but it has proven true even as college football has changed. Last season, Michigan didn’t manage to cross into positive territory with regards to this, leading to their tough defeat in East Lansing. Additionally, despite their quality run in the series, whenever the Spartans have struggled, they have also failed to run the football. Continue reading

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VIDEOS: Henrik Zetterberg Sets Up Johan Franzen for a Pair of Goals

Henrik Zetterberg assisted on all four of the Detroit Red Wings’ goals Friday night, in an impressive 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Johan Franzen capitalized on the first two Zetterberg feeds — their first connection handed Detroit an early 1-0 lead, then Franzen made it 2-0 in the second period. Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader tacked on goals later in the game.

The two Zetterberg-to-Franzen hookups:


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From the Spartan Sideline, Hoosier Edition: Michigan State vs. Indiana Preview

Michigan-State-Spartans-Logo-jpgFresh off their second straight win that was closer than it needed to be in the end, the Michigan State Spartans continue their trip across the state of Indiana this week by preparing to take on the Indiana Hoosiers on the road.

Like Purdue, the Hoosiers put a small scare into Michigan State last year in Spartan Stadium, using an explosive offense to score early on the Spartans and plant some small seeds of doubt in the team and the crowd.

The Spartans roared back, however, and used that game to kick-start their own offensive rebirth. Now, the Hoosiers are down their starting quarterback and look ripe for the picking. Can they circle the wagons and pull the upset the Boilermakers couldn’t? Continue reading

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Will Bynum Traded by Detroit Pistons for Joel Anthony

Update: The Pistons confirmed the deal — Will Bynum to the Boston Celtics for Joel Anthony.

The Detroit Pistons are “finalizing” a deal with the Boston Celtics that would swap guard Will Bynum for center Joel Anthony, ESPNBoston reports.

Trading away Bynum would help the Pistons relieve their glut of point guards — Brandon Jennings is the projected starter there, with free-agent signee D.J. Augstin behind him; rookie Spencer Dinwiddie also is battling for a roster spot.

It also would seem to indicate that Aaron Gray could be out for an extended period of time still. The veteran center suffered a “cardiac episode” this offseason. Detroit did sign Hasheem Thabeet as an extra big man before the preseason began, but Anthony would count as an upgrade there.
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Detroit Pistons Trade Rumors: Chase Budinger a Possible Fill-in for Injured Jodie Meeks?

With newcomer Jodie Meeks out for up to two months with a back injury, the Detroit Pistons may be shopping for other options before the regular season begins.

Case in point: Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowksi and the Detroit News’ Vincent Goodwill each reported that the Pistons are interested in Chase Budinger. The Timberwolves are shopping Budinger because they “have a glut of forwards, and Budinger could struggle to find minutes this season”, according to Wojnarowski.

More from Yahoo:

Houston is reluctant to take on the $5 million player option Budinger’s deal has in 2015-16, as are the Pistons, sources said. Nevertheless, the Pistons are taking a long look at Budinger and considering the possibility of making a deal. No trade is considered imminent for Budinger.

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PHOTOS: Ben Affleck Visits Michigan State Football Practice

It’s a pretty good time to be a member of the Michigan State Spartans right now.

The defending Rose Bowl champions are back in the college football playoff hunt. And Thursday they were visited by Oscar winner Ben Affleck, who has been working out at the Michigan State facility as he films “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” in the Detroit area.

A couple shots of Affleck at practice, from the MSU football Twitter account:

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