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NHL awards: Stats geek vs. old-school reporter

New school vs. old school. #Fancystats vs. the eyeball test. Neil Greenberg vs. Tarik El-Bashir.

Ever wondered what hockey scribes do between the end of the regular season and the playoffs? We argue over which players deserve to win the NHL’s major awards.

This week, Neil and I picked our winners based on the criteria we’re most comfortable using. In other words, Neil, a noted advanced statistics geek ( not nerd, he says), used his calculator. As an ink-stained beat writer, I relied on, you know, actually watching the games.

Here’s what we came up with:

(Stats through Thursday’s games.)

NORRIS TROPHY 


(Jonathan Daniel/GETTY IMAGES)

(Elsa/GETTY IMAGES)

HART TROPHY


(Jae C. Hong/AP)

(Bruce Bennett/GETTY IMAGES)

 CALDER TROPHY


(PAUL BATTAGLIA/AP)

(MATT SULLIVAN/REUTERS)

 


(TIM SHAFFER/REUTERS)

(Jae C. Hong/AP)

 


(Gene J. Puskar/AP)

(Christian Petersen/GETTY IMAGES)

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Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.
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