Puck Soup: Dimitri Filipovic talks stat nerd feuds, NHL teams using analytics


PUCK SOUP is the hockey podcast on the Nerdist network from Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski and Dave Lozo of Vice Sports, Uproxx and The Comeback. This is a hockey podcast, in the sense that the talk about hockey, both on the ice and about fan culture. That’s the “puck.” This is also a podcast about movies, TV, fast food, life lessons and general idiocy. That’s the “soup.”

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In Episode 43, Greg and Dave welcome Sportsnet hockey analytics smartypants Dimitri Filipovic for a chat about the warring factions of stat nerds, his work with an NHL team, what numbers we should trust, the media’s ignorance and whether you can sell hockey with math. Plus,the boys debate the Olympics and the NHL; look at the Vezina Trophy field, and ponder the merits of Corey Crawford as a franchise goalie; give a March Mute-This tournament update; play a round of ‘London Tube Stop, U.K. Crime Series or Sexual Slang’; and answer your listener mail about ‘Lethal Weapon’ vs. the ‘Ocean’s’ movies, Subway sandwiches, peanut butter on hamburgers, how we shower and the merits of jellybeans. Sponsored by Seat Geek and Blue Apron!

Here’s the rundown:

OPEN: Skip Bayless’s ratings.

5:00: What if Donald Trump attended the Washington Capitals’ Russian Heritage Night?

7:45: Gary Bettman, the Olympics and Lozo gets angry.

20:00: The Vezina Trophy debate!

25:00: Scott Darling vs. Corey Crawford, in which Lozo argues the latter is counterfeit.

29:30: Our March Mute-This update, as our tournament of hockey commentators you want to mute ROLLS ON!

34:40: Talking pucks with Dimitri Filipovic, including (meow!) catty wars between analytics people and whether you can sell hockey with math.

1:07:00: Wysh went to London and discovered their weird Game Show Network.

1:09:30: We play a new quiz game, “’London Tube Stop, U.K. Crime Series or Sexual Slang”

1:18:00: Breaking down the playoff races.

1:28:00: Your listener mail, including Subway sandwiches, shower stances, LETHAL WEAPON vs. OCEAN’S movies and peanut butter on hamburger.

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