The 2011-2012 NHL regular season is finished, and the first round of the playoffs is well underway. During the latter part of the hockey season, I took some time to revise and update my original NHL player stats data viz. I ended up with something radically different than what I created last summer for the Tableau sports data contest. It is not #fancystats, like what Neil Greenberg specializes in, but I think looking at hockey data in this format is fun and informative. Check it out...
The main difference between my original 2010-2011 player stats and v2.0 is the addition of team stats. So there are two tabs; one for team stats and the other for player stats. The one thing I didn't change from the original version is the scatterplot. I kept that for both the player and team stats. However, I did add bar charts so you can better view the two stats you choose independently of one another.
One of the problems with using the scatterplot for the players stats was the number of players really made the chart look busy. I added more filters to the players stats viz so you have various ways to reduce the number of players visible in the scatterplot. It also allows you to compare just two teams or view players within specific divisions or conferences.
As far as the design of v2.0, I stripped it bare. I was inspired by Paul Rodriguez's blog Data About Sports. He did a hockey data viz that was simple, clean and used team logos. I always try to make things too complicated, especially when it comes to the look of my data visualizations. So I kept v2.0 simple and clean. Instead of using team logos, I used the "jewels" or buttons that the NHL and NHL teams use on their website. I like the jewels better than the logos because the jewels are uniform in shape and they were much easier to find, download, and import into Tableau than logos were.
Check out the two visualizations below. Click on team names or logos or players names to highlight those teams or players. There are zoom controls when you hover over the scatterplots. Check out the one that looks like a square with a "+". You can use that to draw a box for a zoom-in.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think about this updated visualization. Thank you for reading my blog.