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Player Pairs Valuation in Ice Hockey

  • Dennis Ljung
  • Niklas Carlsson
  • Patrick LambrixEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11330)

Abstract

To overcome the shortcomings of simple metrics for evaluating player performance, recent works have introduced more advanced metrics that take into account the context of the players’ actions and perform look-ahead. However, as ice hockey is a team sport, knowing about individual ratings is not enough and coaches want to identify players that play particularly well together. In this paper we therefore extend earlier work for evaluating the performance of players to the related problem of evaluating the performance of player pairs. We experiment with data from seven NHL seasons, discuss the top pairs, and present analyses and insights based on both the absolute and relative ice time together.

Keywords

Sports analytics Data mining Player valuation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis Ljung
    • 1
  • Niklas Carlsson
    • 1
  • Patrick Lambrix
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Linköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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