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NHL Launching Faceoff Probability Stat with AWS Technology


St. Louis Blues center Jordan Kyrou (25) falls over the stick of Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk after a faceoff during the first period of an NHL hockey game two weeks ago in Ottawa, Ontario.

NHL's Dave Lehanski said, "Today we’re just talking about face-offs, but this could expand the way we look at goaltending, power plays, and almost everything else. There’s so much more.”

Credit: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press/AP

The National Hockey League (NHL) is launching a faceoff probability statistic, using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to apply 10 years of data and in-game analytics.

AWS software generates the odds of each player in a faceoff winning possession of the puck.

The Amazon Machine Learning Solutions Laboratory's Priya Ponnapalli said the model was based on data from thousands of faceoffs from the NHL's Hockey Information and Tracking System.

The NHL's Dave Lehanski said hockey, unlike baseball, does not easily allow analysis of every single maneuver as a discreet event; the project with AWS aims to "demystify those plays and identify all those little things that come together to get fans to appreciate them and understand."

From Associated Press
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