Time to check in on one of my favorite data visualizations. Concocted by Tyler Dellow a few years back, this is a colorful way to look at how ice time and shot attempts are distributed.
I’ve performed this exercise a few times, most recently October 2015. This season paints a stark picture that you can’t miss.
A word on process:
This year I’ve also added a second visualization, using the same color coding as the first table, but showing the percentage that defenseman plays with each forward. This allows us to see if the Caps are getting the most from their best deployments, or if they’re overusing weaker ones.
Finally, I’ve also added a third visualization which is just which Twin Peaks character each combo is. I think that one speaks for itself. No explanation is necessary.
Fellas, coincidence and fate figure largely in our lives.
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