The field for the 2017 Frozen Four is decided. With one exception, chalk walked in this past weekend’s regionals.
Of course, it’s not always the best teams in the country that make it to the Frozen Four, because hockey is often random. But there are ways to make good guesses as to what kind of clubs are most likely to have success in the postseason.
A few weeks ago, Travis Yost had an interesting post over at TSN that highlighted the statistical similarities between all the Stanley Cup winners from 2007 to last year, looking at what they generally did well. The answer, more or less across the board, was “everything,” but some things were more important than others.
It was more important to generate shot attempts than scoring chances — weird, right? — and better to be defensively talented (in terms of save percentage, allowing scoring chances, conceding goals, and so on) than offensively.
College is very different from the NHL, in part because there are far more teams, and also becauseRead More »from NCAA Hockey 101: What does a team need to make Frozen Four?