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Advanced Statisticians: Help Needed for the Scoring Chance Project

If you're at all familiar with Derek Zona's work over at the Oilers blog Copper & Blue, you'll know he's a big proponent of the advancement of statistical fidelity in the NHL and is looking for new ways to record data that will be useful to the quest for better stats.

As a result of that passion, Zona is asking for help of those who are willing to record scoring chances for their teams all season long. Here's what he has to say about the Scoring Chance Project:

The scoring chances project is significant in that it closes the loop on the data currently being used to analyze the game. The math behind the data has been validated, though NHL teams have known that for at least thirty years, possibly more. The conversation now must progress beyond defending the veracity of these statistics from the "saw him good" crowd and other critics to finding the next great innovation in statistics and analysis.

So far, he has half the league covered, but is lacking a Red Wings fan to help. If this is something that may interest you, please contact him and let him know.

What is required of someone who wants to record chances? First off, you're going to need access to broadcasts of all 82 games for your team and a DVR (the back 3 seconds button will become your best friend) or a subscription to NHL Gamecenter. Next, you'll need to record each scoring chance based on the criteria above and record them at, though the input page is not currently set up for the 2011-12 season. You'll need to record the period, time, and team that had the chance and possibly extra information in a 'notes' field.

After entering and submitting all of the information at Time On Ice, the site will present you with a number of reports. Simply copy the reports into your website to publish. Your reports will look like these, presented by In Lou We Trust's new scoring change guru.

We're going to continue on with the CSSI this season and that's going to prevent me from taking this on, but this has the potential to be an incredibly useful way to track what happens in hockey games in a meaningful way. Your help would be very much appreciated.