A Guide to Neutral Zone Tracking Part 2 of 2: How to track the Neutral Zone

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Okay so in our last post, we discussed why tracking the Neutral Zone is important.  We also briefly discussed what we track when tracking the neutral zone.  But in this post, I’m going to provide you with a detailed guide and the resources you will need to actually track the neutral zone yourself.

What You Need For Neutral Zone Tracking:

Neutral Zone tracking doesn’t require much.  At a minimum you only require:
1.  Access to NHL Games
2. Something to record Neutral Zone Entry #s (Usually a spreadsheet)
3. A place to compile your total #s (Usually another spreadsheet)

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A Guide to Neutral Zone Tracking Part 1 of 2: Why Neutral Zone Statistics Matter

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Frans Nielsen is incredibly good in the neutral zone.  But How important is that really?  And how can we tell that’s the case to begin with?

A while back, Hockey-Graph’s own Matt Cane wrote the following tweet:

Matt was referring to a statistic commonly found in “Neutral Zone Tracking,” which purports to measure the quality of individual and team play in the Neutral Zone.  Neutral Zone Tracking was pioneered by a bunch of guys at Broad Street Hockey (Eric Tulsky and Geoff Detweilier) back in 2011 and in the years since, a bunch of individuals have also began to do the same.  The work that’s been done on this area, on other sites as well as on this one suggests neutral zone tracking results in some extremely important data that we should be very interested in.

What is Neutral Zone Tracking:

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Practical Concerns: Analytics Resolutions For 2016

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Just a few hours into 2016, I had already received an email from a colleague in NCAA Division I hockey program, asking for my feedback on a specific area of analytics.  It goes to show that those who enjoy thinking the game never stop doing it, even on days when they should be giving themselves a little time off.

Since everyone is making New Years’ Resolutions, allow me to share the two things I will be working on this year:

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