What Makes A Stanley Cup Champion? More Hockey Interactives To ExploreS

Continuing our industry-leading coverage of interactive hockey infographics, the charts above are a selection from an excellent piece of data viz by Dark Horse Analytics, which explore the relationship between payroll/attendance/offense/penalties and team performance.

The chart on the left, based on this piece of baseball work by Craig Robinson, is particularly clever. Teams are ranked by payroll (or whichever variable you choose), but anchored so the Stanley Cup winners occupy the same row. It's a good visualization of some pretty intuitive stuff about hockey—teams that score a lot, have a good +/-, and avoid penalties tend to have the most success—but what's more fascinating is the outliers it picks out, like the 2012 Kings (29th in goals scored) and the 2007 Ducks (1st in penalty minutes). Payroll doesn't make as big of a difference as you'd guess—just look at the Rangers.

The charts are a showcase project for a data visualization company, so they're very dense—maybe a little too dense, if you haven't played around with this sort of thing before—and worth a look.

[Dark Horse Analytics]