Ok, folks. I am not happy about what we lost either.
That said, at On Goal Analysis (OGA) we are all about the IN or OUT call as soon, and as correctly, as can be the case. In a 48/50-game season (and according to Bob McKenzie, the lean is toward a 50-gamer), the calls will be tougher. ‘We ain’t scared’ – we are going to make them anyway.
The blog format we will follow will be the same as we are doing in our AHL analysis with a few adjustments:
1. You will get an NHL blog every day. (Just go to the bottom of the right hand column on this blog, load in your email address and click on the ‘Sign Me Up!’ button to subscribe to the OGA Blogs and you automatically receive our NHL updates.)
2. As teams reach each 10-game mark (plus the 45-game mark if a 50-game season), you will get the PQC call on Chasing Stanley (CS), Sharpening Skates (SS), In The Curve (ITC), Dusting Off Clubs (DoC) or Tee Time (T2). If it is not CS or TT, however, we will go from a bold font on the day after they earn their call, to normal font on Day 2, and off of the page on Day 3 until their next call. This will keep a strong focus on IN or OUT by uncluttering the page.
3. Those PQC calls will feed our projected standings. Not your “add one in the win column from last night’s game” set up. Rather, we will show where NHL teams will be at the end. (Understand here we need about 20 games and an OT/SO loss per team to really ratchet this down into a more stable, final point prediction.) And those projected standings will carry our color-coded PQC calls up to the end.
4. We are also toying with providing the ‘Top 5 Projecteds’ for Forward and Defenseman scoring plus Goalies by Save% and Wins, by conference, daily. That report becomes a time requirement crunch and could put back the daily PQC calls until late in the day, so may come out in the evenings before game time.
5. And our AHL PQC calls – although we acknowledge those are about to go even more dynamic with call ups to NHL clubs – will now come on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays only.
We did not like the $#@! stoppage either (again), but for those of you fans trying to figure where NHL teams are going in terms of making the playoffs or not, we have you covered.
So drop the $#@! already….