Hurricanes Rod Rod Brind’Amour is not all about hockey analysis

Anthony Manta, 39, of the Washington Capitals, will remove Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Stahl from skating in the first round of an NHL hockey game in Rally, NC, on Friday, March 18, 2022.  (AP Photo / Karl B DeBlaker)

Anthony Manta, 39, of the Washington Capitals, will remove Carolina Hurricanes’ Jordan Stahl from skating in the first round of an NHL hockey game in Rally, NC, on Friday, March 18, 2022. (AP Photo / Karl B DeBlaker)


In the age of analytics, some NHL coaches rely on them more than others.

Rod Brynd Amour is not one of the hurricanes in Carolina.

“Analysis has been around for 100 years, now they have put it down on paper,” Brind Amour said last weekend. By analysis, you know from coaching or play that you want to score in a hurry. You know that in the game of power you have to go East / West. Because you’ve done enough of it and watched so much that you know it’s something that needs to happen.

I do not need a piece of paper to tell you that this should happen. Now, look at it and say “Oh, yeah, okay, thank you.” “But you already know all this.”

“Good people”

This does not mean that Brend Amor is an old hockey dinosaur who judges everything by eye testing. The Hurricanes have an analytical staff led by Assistant General Manager Eric Tolski that is highly respected in the league.

Each game is analyzed by each NHL team, up to grade n. Possession of the ball, entering the area, scoring opportunities … everything is there. There is a division in which each player skates a few feet per season.

Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy recently praised his analysts as “good people.” He noted that Bruins analysts prepare a sample size of 10 games to track trends – good, bad or indifferent.

In an interview with Boston Media, Cassidy said sarcastically that analysts are constantly adding new columns to their statistics collection, jokingly because it “keeps them busy, keeps them upstairs.” “And not downstairs.”

Brind Amor appreciates the work of the Keynesian analysis staff, especially in looking at a team – for example, the Minnesota Wild – that Keynes only plays twice a season. An analytical breakdown can help gather a scout report.

“So it kind of looks like a cheat sheet,” Brind Amour said.

Cane captain Jordan Stahl said he rarely looks at analytics, noting that players “play the game and understand the extras, we let the kids (the analyzers).” “Understand this.”

So far it can only help. An Analytical Defeat of the Wild Star, Kryl Kaprizov, may tell you a lot about the winger’s intentions, then you fall to the ice and he beats your No. 1 goalkeeper with a world-class shot from close range. . Kaprizov made it Saturday in Wildes’ 3-1 win over Keynes at the PNC Arena, defeating Frederick Anderson.

Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind Amore watches the first round game against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at the PNC Arena in Rally, NC Robert Wilt.

“If we tell the truth, all coaches will deceive themselves if they rely on it,” Brind Amour said. “They already know what’s going on. It’s just a tool.”

Cane penalty difference

There are some analytical trends that attract the attention of the Amor brand. A recent story by TSN’s Travis Just on NHL penalties shows that the Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche, two of the league’s best teams, are “polar opposites” in the penalty shootout.

The story goes that the Avs were 96 on positive penalties at the time – those who were committed versus those who were level – and the cane minus -83, despite both being very skilled and playing fast. He called the inequality a “significant violation” and “shocking.”

The biggest difference was in communication calls. Avs positive 34 and cane minus 27 were in that category. The biggest for the cane: they were called to hold 83 times while making 52 holding calls.

“It broke my mind,” said Brind Amour. “That’s it. It was a bit disappointing for our team. I think we own the penalties we take. I’m not really complaining about the amount of penalties we take. I do not like taking penalties, but I rarely say “This is a bad call.”

“I think it’s even by itself. If I went back seven years to a time when we were not very good, I would run PowerPlay and we always had more PowerPlay. Now the opposite (inequality) is something “It’s shocking, but if we look at it again in three years, it will probably be the same.”

Brynd Amour noted that Andrei Sochnikov, who plays a power game, sometimes gets upset and reacts when he is called, but in his mind, the opposition is not called for the same offense. Svechnikov was minus 9 on penalties after Sunday’s game.

“He is sometimes his worst enemy, but he has gotten better,” said Brind Amour. “Everything will be uniform.”

Note: The TSN story appeared on March 30th. In two Canes games since then, against Montreal and Wilde, the cane has been called up for five penalties and the opponents six penalties.

For more than 30 years at The N&O, Chip Alexander has covered the beats of NC State, UNC, Duke and East Carolina, and is now in his 11th season on the Carolina Hurricanes. Alexander, who has won numerous state and national writing awards, covered the Hurricanes’ move to North Carolina in 1997 and was part of The N&O coverage of the 2006 Stanley Cannes Cup.

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