I stumbled on a game summary for a recent game involving the Toronto Maple Leafs, and was super impressed by the visualization used (see below).
I’m a much bigger fan of great visualizations than I am of hockey, so I felt that hockeyviz.com deserved a shoutout.
The same graph for the Leafs shows a lot more movement, in particular Marleau and Johnsson swapped lines, Tavares got an extra shift or two, the d-pairs got rearranged in-game. Leafs top unit allowed a shorty; 4th line hardly played at all. pic.twitter.com/UmoqkpGIKU
— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) February 22, 2019
The chart is simple, easy to read and has a high degree of information density. Mathematician and freelance data visualizer Micah Blake McCurdy has done a fantastic job of creating these game summary infographics. In the example above, I especially love how he uses varying line thicknesses to show comparisons of how much time players spend with each other.
I don’t know how he manages to produce these for every game (I assume he’s figured out how to automate the process), but this is top notch work. Simply outstanding.