Who doesn’t like the numbers? Well, if I speak more specific – hockey statistics. Hockey is all about statistics, because, to win a hockey game, you must score more goals than opponent. The goal scorers are the first players who are remembered after the game, season or decades. In time, the assists started to count, to highlight, who is the real game maker and then plus/minus appeared to highlight the utility of the player. There are different roles in team for players and a different statistics to highlight their good and bad qualities. Of course, the game has developed since the birth and statistics thereby.
At the start, name Hat trick challenge would seem to be inappropriate, because knowing that Sandis Ozoliņš is the only player, who have achieved this milestone, but I'm positive about that we'll see more hat tricks from Latvian players in future. Despite that, I wanted to know how many players have been closest to achieve hat trick. So I summarized all available end of the game statistics, in this case goals and assists. Thereby goals and assists, I wanted to know, in how many games the player have actually scored a point, because I’m not a fan of the points per game average, where points are divided by games. Of course points per game average are easier to calculate, but maybe in this way the player qualities can be shown in the better way, see by yourself - Hat trick challenge.
From all my other projects about statistics this was the biggest, but to create a transparent and easy to read table, I divided it into the three parts – points, plus/minus and point streaks, there will be next part of Latvian player rivalries in NHL – friends or foes. And there is more from where it comes from.
Since news appeared, that NHL statistics will enriched I couldn’t wait to see what will it be. Of course it will take time, to get used to the new statistics, but at the first view I liked it a lot. But the more precious of the new statistics for me is the first and second assist, what I've planned to summarize for Latvian players.
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