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Like it or not the National Hockey League has officially embraced Advanced Stats.

In the future, fans will replace their jerseys with calculators
In the future, fans will replace their jerseys with calculators
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This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
-T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

Like it or not Avs fans, the NHL has added an "Enhanced Stats" (who are we kidding, they're advanced) hub to their official webpage.  The war ladies and gentleman, is over.

http://www.nhl.com/stats/advancedstats

So what next? Well if you're us it's important to check and see, "do the NHL's 'Enhanced Stats' work as well as other Advanced Stats sites I've encountered?"  We ran a quick test case to see whether or not the NHL's stats page is working:
As you can see, these stats confirm the undeniable fact that Brad Stuart has been terrible, ranking him 271st among NHL defenseman in "Shot Attempt Percentage" (a.k.a. the artist formerly known as Corsi).  Thats worst in the NHL among non-Buffalo defenseman with significant minutes this season.... so that's terrible, but at least now we know the site is working.

What's next you ask?  Well if you're one of hockey's advanced stats opponents like this guest at Lighthouse Hockey, then your worst fear have been realized and the NHL may as well look like this:
Thanks for that image Lighthouse Hockey, it is delightful.

If you're cool with Advanced Stats then this is a first step in the right direction for the NHL, but nothing revolutionary.  In the long run, abandoning the names "Corsi" and "Fenwick" in favor of acronyms describing the data (shot attempts and unblocked shot attempts respectively) may help to normalize the Advanced Stats movement and generate wider reaching acceptance among fans.  For now, all the information presented so far by the NHL is available elsewhere on the web with better options for viewing, sorting, and graphing data built in.  The NHL may add tools like that in the future and even more enticing, they may add all kinds of new data gathered from their forthcoming microchip player tracking program.

If you're new to the Advanced Stats world or looking to join the NHL in embracing it, here are the essential sites to add to your toolbar:

CapGeek.com - R.I.P Capgeek.  The rosterbation you facilitated earns you an honorary spot at the top of the list.

War On Ice - Game stats, player stats, team stats... It's all here and with a fantastic built in graphing system.

Hockey Analysis - Your place for all kinds of data, including the WOWY

Behind the Net - Another site for all your essential advanced stats needs

Sporting Charts - Shot and goal heat maps for NHL players and teams.

Own the Puck - "Horizontal Evaluative Rankings Optic" or HERO charts