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When should you pull a goalie?

When should you pull a goalie?

SFU Professor Tim Swartz
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It's a coaching strategy that hasn't worked particularly well during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs. Why? Do the math - Tim Swartz has. Using simulation algorithms, he and fellow researchers found that goalies aren't being pulled soon enough. Swartz, a professor in SFU's department of statistics and actuarial science, is part of a research team studying the effectiveness of the pull-the-goalie strategy, using data from the NHL's regular 2007-2008 regular season. The researchers found coaches need to be more aggressive with the tactic in order to increase the probability of winning. The research will be published this summer in the journal American Statistician. The study can be found on Swartz's website at http://www.stat.sfu.ca/~tim/

Tim Swartz, 778.782.4579; tim@stat.sfu.ca

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