M&M’s 200 starting lineup for Iowa

first_imgHarrison Burton earned his first pole of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the first pole of his NASCAR national series career. Click the print button for the speeds from the qualifying session.Lineup for Iowa:1. Harrison Burton2. Matt Crafton3. Noah Gragson4. Todd Gilliland5. Stewart Friesen6. Justin Haley7. Johnny Sauter8. John Hunter Nemechek9. Christian Eckes10. Dalton Sargeant11. Ben Rhodes12. David Gilliland13. Jesse Little14. Cody Coughlin15. Grant Enfinger16. Brett Moffitt17. Myatt Snider18. Austin Hill19. Austin Wayne Self20. Reid Wilson21. Joe Nemechek22. Tanner Thorson23. Jordan Anderson24. Ross Chastain25. J.J. Yeley26. Cory Roper27. Justin Fontaine28. Wendell Chavous29. Bayley Currey30. Norm Benning31. Jennifer Jo Cobb32. Bobby Reuselast_img read more

CDC reports two swine-related H3N2 infections

first_imgNov 12, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced two human infections with a swine-related novel influenza A (H3N2) virus, both of which involved exposure to pig settings and fit the profile of the few similar cases it sees each year.The CDC detailed the two cases, one from Wisconsin and the other from Pennsylvania, in a special notice and mentioned them in its weekly influenza surveillance report, which shows that flu activity across the nation remains at low levels.Human novel influenza A infections are nationally notifiable in the United States, and the World Health Organization (WHO) under its International Health Regulations requires member states to report such cases to the global health community.Earlier this week, the Russian media picked up on the US cases, based on comments from their health officials who had been notified. Some Russian media reports appeared in English-language outlets, while the infectious disease message board FluTrackers identified and translated Russian-language reports on the cases. Early word of the two cases fueled Internet speculation about a possible new pandemic strain.For example, Russian health officials today held a press conference today to emphasize that no human-to-human spread of the novel H3N2 viruses from the US patients had been detected, according to a report from Itar-Tass, the country’s news agency.In its statement today, the CDC said the two novel H3N2 infections occurred more than 6 weeks apart, and the viruses have genetic differences that show no link between the cases. Ongoing investigations so far show no human-to-human spread. “The most likely scenario at this point is that these are two isolated cases of human infection with swine influenza viruses that, while very rare, do occur from time to time,” the CDC said, adding that it fully investigates each case to detect any possible human-to-human transmission.Laboratory analysis shows that the viruses are triple-reassortant H3N2 subtypes, common in North American pigs, that contain genes from human, avian, and swine influenza viruses. The CDC said the two novel H3N2 cases are similar to other swine-related human H3N2 infections reported in an Iowa patient in 2009, a Kansas patient in 2009, and a Minnesota patient in 2010.Since 2005 the CDC has recorded 18 human infections with swine-related viruses, and most have occurred in people who had direct exposure to pigs.In the latest cases, the patient from Wisconsin got sick on Sep 8, a few days after attending a state fair where pigs were exhibited. The patient was hospitalized and has since recovered.  The patient from Pennsylvania, who lives in an area where pigs are farmed, got sick on Oct 24 and has also recovered.The CDC emphasized that the swine-related flu viruses aren’t transmitted through pork and that the triple-reassortant H3N2 viruses are different from the 2009 H1N1 strain and the seasonal H3N2 virus. It said that in the past the agency received about one report a year of swine-related human flu infections, but over the past few years it has averaged about three cases per year. The increase could be linked to increased lab capacity and reporting.In other US flu developments, flu indicators in the CDC’s latest surveillance report suggest that levels are up slightly, though overall activity is still low. The percentage of laboratory specimens testing positive for influenza crept up from 1.6% last week to 6.8% this week.Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina reported local flu activity, while 34 states reported minimal activity. Several states reported no flu activity.One pediatric death was noted, a child from Texas whose death from an unsubtyped influenza A virus was reported during the previous flu-season week.Of the flu specimens tested last week, 55% were the H3N2 subtype, nearly 40% were influenza B, 8% were 2009 H1N1, and the rest were not subtyped. The CDC said its tests on a selection of the virus samples suggest that the circulating strains closely match the ones including in the seasonal vaccine.See also:Nov 12 CDC statementNov 12 CDC weekly flu surveillance reportCDC flu vaccine distribution updatelast_img read more

Sub-varsity football: Haughton freshmen down Parkway; Benton closes season

first_imgThe Haughton Buccaneers downed the Parkway Panthers 21-14 in a freshman football game Monday at Bobby Marlow Field at Preston Crownover Stadium.The Benton Tigers closed their season with a 41-24 loss to the Ruston Bearcats.Peyton Stovall threw three touchdown passes in Haughton’s victory. Jack Edwards, Jake St. Andre and Gage East caught the TD passes.Kason Formby had two interceptions to lead the defense.Clint Lasiter tossed two touchdown passes in Benton’s game. Jackson Illingworth and Evan Chamberlain were on the receiving end.Lasiter and Illingworth also hooked up for three two-point conversions.Owen Wainscott returned a punt 30 yards for a touchdown.NOTE: The above report is based on information provided by coaches.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Transfer to West Ham had been ‘taken for granted’, and Southampton…

first_imgThe Barcelona player was midway through a two year loan to Nice. Around a month ago the Ligue 1 side made it public that Marlon had returned to Barca early, because the club were very close to selling him on a permanent transfer.Back then it was West ham repeatedly linked and a transfer was at several stages said to be close, despite disagreements between the clubs on money. Repeatedly it was claimed that another Premier League side also held interest, although they weren’t named.Then on June 29th, Catalan newspaper Sport reported Marlon was ‘one step’ away from becoming a Southampton player for a €12m fee. Even the details of the deal were reported by Sport, with there being no buyback option on the Brazilian defender.At this point it felt like an announcement would come next.Embed from Getty ImagesThen Mundo Deportivo, another Catalan newspaper, reported Southampton had ‘joined the bidding’ for the player, along with West Ham.Monday’s edition of Sport states that a move to English football, and specifically West Ham, had been ‘taken for granted’ for €15m, but now everything is up in the air again. Southampton don’t get a mention.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must Have.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoBedtimezWoman Has No Idea Why Vacation Photo Goes Viral, Then She Looks AgainBedtimezUndoHealthyWomenMag30 pictures showing the beauty of women of the worldHealthyWomenMagUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoMy-BrightSideHusband Illustrates Everyday Life With Wife In 19 Pictures. Try not to Cry! My-BrightSideUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoFieldan.com10 of the most beautiful female singers in 2020Fieldan.comUndoStory To Hear15 Bridges Scary Enough To Turn Us BackStory To HearUndo Marlon’s situation this summer has been strange to say the least.last_img read more

Status sold air travel to passengers

first_imgThe advert reads; Boys look up to their fathers. Selling air travel in the 1950s was a challenge – against competition from ships and trains which were, until the late 50s, cheaper.Airlines turned to status as one way of selling the concept that air travel was the way to go.American Airlines touted that young children looked up to their fathers if they traveled by air in this advertisement.Travel advert for American Airlines “A boy likes to look UP to this father” is the direct message of this advert.The copy said:In addition to the practical advantages of time and money, there are some personal reasons for favoring travel by air. Not the least of these is the open admiration that air travelers received from family, from neighbors even from the crowd at the airport. A boy likes to look up to his father – and fathers would be less than human if they did not enjoy it.WATCH: Spectacular crosswind landings in BirminghamTrans World Airways, now part of American Airlines, targeted the young man on the move UP with this copy;TWA air travel advert “Young man on the UP” is the firm message from this advert.That air of success about so many young businessmen traveling TWA – there is a good reason for it. They’ve learned early that success is in the air…that the way to go places in business is to go places for business – fast and often! TWA is made for order for that.”last_img read more

The Growth of Connected Care

first_imgConnected care is a rapidly growing and important new trend in healthcare delivery. This broad term encompasses a variety of care models – from the use of smart devices to collect data, to mobile solutions that provide point-of-care access to data, and even integration between care providers across the continuum of care. Augmenting traditional care delivery pathways with connected care programs is not without challenges. As this model continues to grow, so does the amount of data generated, and the number of devices used to collect and transmit that data. This presents new challenges to scaling existing IT infrastructure and securing patient data – millions of smart devices create millions of new attack vectors for hackers and cyber criminals. Along with these challenges, sifting through large composite data feeds to find meaningful insights becomes more complex and requires increasingly sophisticated analytic capabilities which organizations may not have readily available. Intel is addressing many of these challenges with innovative new technologies and industry-wide programs to enable new wearable sensor platforms, empower big data analytics, and secure patient data.Intel continues to develop the wearable device ecosystem through investment and innovation. Over the past several years, Intel has completed significant market transactions with the acquisitions of Basis and Recon Instruments as well as making venture investments in 18 wearables companies through Intel Capital. Smart devices like Basis are currently being used by health systems and payers to better manage population health as early examples of how these devices can improve healthcare. Perhaps Intel’s greatest contributions to the wearable device space, and connected care, will be the Intel Curie™ System on a Chip (SoC) platform. Already this technology has been used in a variety of exciting applications from powering analytics for extreme athletes in the X-Games, to bio-sensing clothing, and smart safety devices for children. It will be exciting to see how future innovators are able to apply this technology to develop new solutions and disruptive business models within the health ecosystem.While new wearable devices are an important precursor for connected care, much of the value that will be derived from these new models comes from the analytics performed on data generated by these devices. The Intel Trusted Analytics Platform (TAP) is a comprehensive analytics platform developed for just this task. It integrates leading edge technologies for the ingestion, storage, and analysis of large data sets. The TAP platform has been open sourced and has already been successfully used by Penn Medicine to improve early detection of patients with critical conditions.Finally, organizations looking to implement connected care programs must understand that these new data streams are potential targets for cyber criminals. To help health and life science organizations understand their risk of a data breach, Intel has developed a Healthcare Breach Assessment Program. The cornerstone of this program is a three-stage breach maturity model that encompasses forty key elements considered either baseline, enhanced, or advanced. This model helps health and life science organizations identify possible vulnerabilities and appropriate remediation activities. The program also includes peer and industry comparisons to help organizations on a quarterly basis, a useful tool for IT leadership when considering where to make future investments in security capabilities. Requiring only a 1-2 hour initial phone assessment, the program maps to best in class products and services today across a spectrum of solution providers and provides ongoing quarterly reporting.What questions about connected care do you have?last_img read more

Moto E (2nd gen) vs Yu Yureka and others

first_imgLast evening, Motorola slyly announced the second generation Moto E days ahead of the Mobile World Congress, which begins in Barcelona next week. The first generation Moto E was universally praised for the value for money proposition it was at the time. However, the market dynamics have changed and we have seen a slew of high-quality low-cost smartphones enter the Indian market. Let’s see how it fares against phones like the Yu Yureka, the Lenovo A6000, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, and the Asus ZenFone 5.Moto E vs Yu Yureka Back in December, Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma announced a new brand called Yu and launched a smartphone called the Yureka. The phone, which costs Rs 8,990 is a very impressive offering. Even when compared to the new Moto E, it appears to be very enticing because it is likely to be a better phone on the basis of superior hardware.While the Moto E gets a massive upgrade in the form of a Snapdragon 410 processor, the Yureka is likely to be better because it has a faster Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor. The Yureka also has 2GB RAM as opposed to 1GB RAM on the Moto E. Even in terms of photography, the Yureka has a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The Moto E, at least on paper, is inferior with its 5-megapixel rear camera and VGA front camera. It even forgoes a flash, which could make it poorer in low-light.The difference between the screens on both the phone is like chalk and cheese. The Moto E has a smaller 4.5-inch qHD display, while the Yureka has a 5.5-inch HD display. Design wise too, because of the difference in the size of the display, it will be a subjective call. The Moto E has a curvy back, which could be ergonomic in the palm, while the Yureka is large and is an outright phablet.advertisementThe difference between the software will be subjective as the Moto E runs Android Lollipop, which remains close to the stock avatar of the OS. On the other hand, the Yureka runs the tweaker friendly Cyanogenmod 11S, which is based on the older version of Android 4.4 KitKat. Even in terms of pricing the Moto E comes up short as the 4G version of the phone could be more expensive than the Yureka at around Rs 10,000.Moto E vs Lenovo A6000The Moto E and the Lenovo A6000 actually share quite a bit in common. Now that Motorola is owned by Lenovo, the A6000 and the new Moto E are essentially siblings. Both phones are also amongst the first phones to be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, which adds a 64-bit architecture, and throws in 4G support.However, like siblings, the difference between the phone could be as big as night and day. While the new Moto E runs on an almost stock take on Android Lollipop, which we have found to be quite fast and fluid on devices like the old Moto E and Moto G, the A6000 is running on Android KitKat which is heavily skinned and runs the iOS like Vibe UI. We found the Vibe UI to be slow and bloated in our review of the phone, so the new Moto E could pull ahead as it uses stock Android.Both are 4G phones with dual-SIM support, but there is a difference between the screens on both the devices. The Moto E has a smaller 4.5-inch qHD screen, while the Lenovo A6000 has a larger 5-inch display with an HD resolution. Technically speaking, the A6000 has the sharper screen, and could prove to be better than the Moto E. The Lenovo A6000 has a 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. The Moto E has a 5-megapixel camera, but it does not have a flash and on the front there is an obligatory VGA camera. Now, the camera on the A6000 is not very good, so things could be quite tight between the two phones in the photography department.In the pricing department, the A6000 costs Rs 6,999 in India. The 4G version of the Moto E could be costlier at around Rs 10,000 as its US price is $149.Moto E vs Xiaomi Redmi 1SCurrently, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S is our resident budget champion. It provides a good blend of performance and a solid user experience. However, the new Moto E could be slightly better. The new Moto E has a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, which also supports 64-bit applications. This means the Moto E is perhaps the only phone in the sub-Rs 10,000 price bracket that supports 64-bit applications as it is the only one that has the combination of Android Lollipop and a 64-bit capable chip. The Redmi 1S, on the other hand, is stuck on Android KitKat and an older Snapdragon 400 processor.advertisementThat said, the 3G only version of the Moto E uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, which is the same one the Redmi 1S uses. As the Moto E runs on an almost vanilla Android user interface, it should be faster than the Redmi 1S, which is based on MiUI. While MiUI is refined it also has slow animations that are similar to iOS. This could give the Moto E a critical edge in performance. The gaming performance should also be better on the Moto E as it sports the new Adreno 306 GPU as opposed to the older Adreno 305 GPU on the Redmi 1S.The Redmi 1S excels in the photography department. Its 8-megapixel camera is one of the best in the segment and we don’t think that the Moto E has enough fire power on board to challenge the Redmi 1S. The Moto E does not even have a flash on the back. That said, we never say never.The Redmi 1S also lacks 4G something the Moto E offers in a more expensive model. Both phones have dual-SIM slots, so in that regard the devices are evenly matched. In terms of design, the Redmi 1S has a rather drab and bulky design. It is solid, no doubt, but we feel the Moto E is the looker with the varied customisation options it offers.The one area where the Redmi 1S could come ahead is the display. Its 4.7-inch display has a 720p resolution, which is pin sharp and qualifies for the Retina moniker. The Moto E, on the flip side, has a 4.5-inch qHD panel.Between the Redmi 1S and the Moto E things are very tight, however as the Redmi 1S is not being sold anymore, the matter is kind of sealed.Moto E vs Asus ZenFone 5The Asus ZenFone 5 is a very solid phone in the sub-Rs 10,000 price bracket. It is powered by a speedy Intel CPU, which also supports 64-bit applications and has 2GB RAM as opposed to 1GB of the Moto E. While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 is a powerful chip, the combination of the extra RAM and the fast Intel Atom Z2560 processor could make it the more powerful offering between the two. In addition, the Rs 9,999 variant of the ZenFone even throws in 16GB of memory and a microSD card slot, which is the double of what Motorola offers.The big difference between the two is on the software side of things. The ZenFone is based on Android 4.4 KitKat running the Zen UI, which is nice, but we feel, the Moto E could be nicer as it runs on Android Lollipop running an almost stock Android interface.advertisementThe ZenFone 5 lacks 4G support, while the $149 Moto E throws in 4G, which could become important in the long run.The ZenFone should pull ahead in the photography department as its 8-megapixel camera is perhaps the best we have seen on a phone costing less than Rs 10,000. The Moto E has an upgraded 5-megapixel camera, but it does not have a flash and overall we fear it could be inferior to the ZenFone 5.Design wise, the Moto E should come out ahead as its curvaceous customisable design is attractive. We can make that out even from the press renders.On the flip side, the ZenFone has a blocky design, which is quite boring, though it is solid in terms of build.   Features Moto E (2nd Gen) Yu Yureka Xiaomi Redmi 1SLenovo A6000  Asus ZenFone 5 Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core clocked 1.2GHz for 4G and Snapdragon 400 quad-core clocked at 1.2GHz for 3GQualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core 1.5GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core clocked at 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core clocked at 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core clocked at 1.6GHz  RAM 1GB 2GB 1GB 1GB 2GB Memory 8GB, microSD card slot 16GB, microSD card slot 8GB, microSD card slot 8GB, microSD card slot 8GB/16GB, microSD card slot Camera 5-megapixel rear, VGA 13-megapixel rear with flash, 5-megapixel front8-megapixel rear with flash, 1.6-megapixel front 8-megapixel rear with flash, 2-megapixel front 8-megapixel rear with flash, 2-megapixel front  Connectivity4G LTE, dual-SIM, 3G only model 4G LTE, dual-SIM 3G, dual-SIM 4G, dual-SIM 3G, dual-SIM Display 4.5-inch qHD  5.5-inch 720p 4.7-inch 720p 5-inch 720p 5-inch 720p Dimensions  12.3mm, 145 grams 8.8mm, 177 grams 9.9mm, 158 grams 8.2mm, 128 grams 10.3mm, 145 grams OS Android 5.0 Lollipop Android 4.4 KitKat, Cyanogenmod 11sAndroid 4.4 KitKat, MiUI Android 4.4 KitKat, Vibe UI 2.0  Android 4.4 KitKat, Zen UI Price Rs 10,000 (approx) Rs 8,999 Rs 5,999 Rs 6,999 Rs 9,999last_img read more

Indigenous Teams Arrive in New Zealand

first_imgA Men’s and a Women’s Open’s team will represent Australia in the tournament, which commences on Thursday, 28 January, and concludes on Saturday 30, January 2010. Teams from countries including Tonga, Cook Island, Samoa as well as the New Zealand Maori side will contest the three day tournament. The National Indigenous sides will spend the day training and preparing on Tuesday, before the official proceedings commence on Wednesday. Wednesday will see the Opening Ceremony take place as well as a civic function, before the games commence on Thursday at Neil Hunt Park, Rotorua. Round games and semi finals will be played on Friday, before the finals on Saturday, followed by an awards ceremony. The teams will stay in a Marae, a sacred place which serves both religious and social purposes.For more information, please stay tuned to the TFA website, as well as the Maori Touch New Zealand website:www.austouch.com.auhttp://www.maoritouchnz.maori.nz/world-indigenous-201/The following players have been selected in the TFA National Indigenous teams: Women’sKayla FaulknerSharon McGradyJustine SchmidtJaylene Bonson Jordan Ah SamTamara AppoSammy Jo CharlesSamantha MitchellBo De La CruzCrystal BrowneTheresa AndersonJenaya QuanSimone SmithCaitlyn CostelloMel IngramMen’sPeter WilliamsArthur RamirezChristopher RankineJamie AdamsJesse GreenPhillip BundockMichael WareBrett DavisDan MunroPeter StoddartEdrick LeeCody GreenKale JohnsonRoy PearceLuke NorfordWomen’s Coach – John SinghMen’s Coach – Aaron AppoMen’s Assistant Coach – Michael ZithaWomen’s Manager – Pele BennetWomen’s Assistant Coach – Steven Raymondlast_img read more

a month ago​Roma reveal partnership with Nigeria Football Federation

first_imgTagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Roma reveal partnership with Nigeria Football Federationby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoma have announced the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as their first African partner, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.Under the terms of the three-year deal, the two will share soccer, business and media expertise, with Roma offering the NFF technical and operational support advice across youth coaching, player development, soccer administration and digital media best practices.In return, the national soccer body will work with the club’s development initiatives in Nigeria.Both parties are exploring the possibility of Roma playing a friendly match in Nigeria, an idea that has already been championed by club president Jim Pallotta. Opening a Roma academy in the country is also being assessed.The team have already endeared themselves to Nigerian fans after backing the national team at the 2018 Fifa World Cup after Italy failed to qualify for the tournament in Russia. In addition, the club launched a Pidgin language Twitter account, which currently has more than 18,400 followers. Pidgin is spoken by an estimated 75 million people in Nigeria, with additional speakers across west and central Africa.Manolo Zubiria, chief global sporting officer at AS Roma, said: “Nigeria is a real football nation and we’re looking forward to sharing best practices in elite talent development and football business and administration with the Nigeria Football Federation.”Amaju Pinnick, NFF president, added: “We feel that this partnership can be incredibly beneficial for the Nigerian national team at all age levels and Nigerian football as a whole.”Roma have shown an incredible support for the Super Eagles and have fully embraced Nigerian football fans, even launching a Pidgin Twitter account, and we look forward to unveiling the exciting projects and initiatives this partnership will unlock.” last_img read more

NHL Coaches Are Pulling Goalies Earlier Than Ever

When teams are down two goals or more, the change is dramatic. During the 2014-15 season, the Florida Panthers pulled their goalie an average of 59 seconds earlier than they had during the previous season. The Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks all did so at least 45 seconds sooner. Across the NHL, teams down two scores pulled their goalies with about 2:10 remaining, almost half a minute earlier than they had the previous season.Hockey analytics lovers want coaches to pull goalies earlier for one simple reason: Mathematically, it’s a no-brainer. In fact, academics have argued for a more aggressive strategy as far back as 1976, when Detroit Red Wings fan and Stanford Ph.D. Donald Morrison created a model showing that teams had the best chance to win if they pulled their goalie with about two and a half minutes remaining when down one goal. “If you pull the goalie with two and a half minutes to go, you have a 19 to 20 percent chance of tying the game,” Morrison said when we called him last month. If a coach waits until the minute mark, the chances drop to 17 percent.In the past few years, hockey analytics practitioners have harped on the issue. University of Florida associate professor Andrew Thomas, co-founder of the hockey analytics site War-on-ice.com, built a pulled-goalie app that tells teams when to yank somebody out of net. And a pair of Canadian professors put together a series of papers claiming that a more aggressive strategy would pick up an additional point and a half over 82 games, on average, compared with the current practice. In 2014-15, both the Boston Bruins and the Los Angeles Kings missed the playoffs by just 2 points.Given that some observers called the offseason after Colorado’s 2014 series with Minnesota the “Summer of Analytics,” it’s not hard to connect the dots to what seems to have happened next. (Although no team representative would explicitly confirm the theory to us.2Representatives from the Predators, Avalanche, Canucks and Rangers all declined or ignored interview requests.) The Panthers, Hurricanes and Maple Leafs — three of the teams that pulled their goalies much earlier last season than they had in the past — hired analytics researchers before the 2014-15 season. At this point, all but a select few hockey franchises have full-time analytics staffers, and Thomas himself was just scooped up by the Minnesota Wild. “They might be telling teams that 100 percent of research [about pulling the goalie] suggests that you should be [doing it] earlier,” said Brian Macdonald, director of analytics for the Panthers.While the average amount of time coaches wait to pull the goalie is dropping, many teams are still much more conservative than they should be. “It’s easy to pick round numbers like one minute,” Macdonald said about teams’ temptation to wait until an easy checkpoint. The optics of pulling the goalie — a volatile proposition that could lead to more lopsided scores — play a role in keeping coaches from doing what the numbers suggest they should. “One reason that teams have not adopted is similar to why NFL coaches may not go for it on fourth down: When it goes wrong, it looks bad,” Macdonald said.Chris Wells coaches the St. Lawrence University women’s hockey team, which usually leads the NCAA in minutes played with a pulled goalie, and he believes as much, too. He admits that he might change his thinking if the scrutiny were higher. “There’s not a lot of talk radio going on about St. Lawrence women’s hockey,” he said. “Would my mindset be different if I was [coaching in the NHL]? Probably.”But for now, in a league with traditions as thick as playoff beards, any progress is good progress. When we called up Morrison to ask about his initial research, his first words were telling: “So my 40-year-old piece still has some legs, huh?” During the 2014 NHL playoffs, Patrick Roy did something unusual for a guy who holds the postseason record for wins by a goalkeeper: As the coach of the Colorado Avalanche, he started pulling his net minder much earlier than traditional strategy suggested he should. In Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild, Roy yanked Semyon Varlamov with 3:01 remaining.With 13.4 seconds to go, the Avs’ Paul Stastny tied the game, and he then scored the game-winner seven and a half minutes into the first overtime. In Game 4, Roy pulled Varlamov with 2:34 to go. The Avs lost, but Game 5 saw another early pull — at the 2:22 mark, seconds after killing off a two-minute penalty — and a second OT win. In Game 6, Roy called off Varlamov with 2:45 left, and the team promptly gave up a couple of empty netters. On average, the coach pulled Varlamov 50 seconds earlier than he had during the regular season, and about 90 seconds earlier than coaches in the rest of the league.Although Roy and the Avalanche lost the series in seven games, he was a trailblazer. Since then, to the glee of NHL analytics types, pulling a goalie with several minutes to go when behind by a goal has become standard practice for some teams. It took decades of work, but the statheads have finally bent the league to their will. Teams are now willing to lose if it will help them win.The night after Game 5 of the Avs-Wild series, Anaheim Mighty Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau pulled Jonas Hiller with 2:26 remaining while down two goals. His team tied the game in regulation and then won in overtime. Boudreau credited Roy for the inspiration: “I have to thank Patrick Roy. If he didn’t start pulling the goalie so early all year, I don’t think any of [us] would have.”But the early goalie-pulling trend wasn’t simply a phenomenon of the 2013-14 playoffs. It accelerated during the 2014-15 season. The Nashville Predators pulled their goalie with an average of 1:50 remaining when they were down a goal, 48 seconds earlier than they had done the previous season. League-wide, 18 teams had an average pull time of more than 70 seconds remaining when trailing by a goal. Between 2007 and 2011, just a single team pulled its goalie with more than 70 seconds remaining in the game, on average.The chart below shows average pull times1Because exact goalie pull times are not listed in NHL box scores, we used the first on-ice event with a pulled goalie as a proxy. We used the nhlscrapr package in R to obtain the data. over the last eight seasons, along with 95 percent confidence limits. When trailing at the end of games, teams were more aggressive during the 2014-15 season than ever before, willing to risk a more lopsided defeat for a better chance at winning. read more