By The Numbers - Week of 11/01/21
By The Numbers - Week of 11/01/21
Hey everyone! Welcome back to a new season of By The Numbers. We have some catching up to do! To all of you who are returning from last season, I’ve missed you! And to anyone reading this blog for the first time, don’t worry, I’ll get you up to speed. There won’t be a lot of analysis this week. This will more serve as a guide as to how this blog works.

By The Numbers is my pet project. It’s where I keep track of a series of stats that are not kept in the USHL, what I call the “Game Time Percentages”. This is quite simply a running tally of how much time a team leads in a game, how much time they are tied, and how much time they trail. These numbers are added up throughout the season and given in the form of the actual minutes and seconds, as well as what percentage of overall time played those numbers work out to.

As I am a Youngstown fan, this blog is geared towards the Phantoms. But I do keep track of the entire Eastern Conference. When the time comes that the USHL schedule features inter-conference play, the Western Conference will be tracked as well. But we’re not there yet. Each blog will start with a chart featuring the Phantoms' last 10 or so games. It will then feature the chart for whoever the Phantoms opponent is that weekend, as well as a chart that shows the season series. The blog will end with the rankings of the entire conference.

One thing I did right away was separate the NTDP U18s and U17s. This is something the USHL does not do. All of their stats are combined. And from season to season, there can be a vast difference between the two squads that are not apparent by looking at the league stats and standings. So I try to give that context here.

I know, I know. You may already be moving towards the back button. Just stick with me. We’ll start out with the Phantoms chart up to this point in the season.

Phantoms Season Chart - Last 11 games
Phantoms Season Chart - Last 11 games

So looking at this chart, the first half is easy. Game number, game date, opponent, and home or away. Next comes the game times broken down into 5 categories. The charts are team specific, so what is indicated here pertains to the Phantoms. First is NO SCORE, which is the time from the beginning of the game until the first goal is scored. LEAD is the amount of time a team is leading, TIED is the amount of time the game is tied, and TRAIL, well, you get the idea. TOTAL GAME TIME is the total amount of time the game lasts. So this can go up to 65 minutes for an overtime game that goes to a shootout. Whether a team wins or loses is indicated in two ways. The W/L column at the end, and every game won has the entire line highlighted by a peach-ish color. Also, in games where the Phantoms score first, that box is highlighted blue. So with just a quick glance, you can easily see which games were won and which games the Phantoms scored first.

At the bottom of the chart are the totals. All of the times are added up, then divided by the total time played to get the percentages. This is the point I am thankful that someone took the time to create a time calculator app. I add the percentages together just to make sure that everything adds up. I double check everything I do to *hopefully* eliminate mistakes. Because I round the percentages up and down, they don’t always add up to 100%. So you may see 99.9% or 100.1%, but that’s fine

Next we’ll look at the chart for Muskegon, which is where Youngstown will be traveling this weekend.

Muskegon Season Chart
Muskegon Season Chart

Like I said before, each chart is team specific. So the peach lines and the blue highlighted boxes are specific to what Muskegon has done. And as you can see, it has been rough sledding so far for the Lumberjacks. And as I had to say several times last season, there really isn’t a prediction to be made from seeing these charts. This is simply a record of what has happened so far. Patterns can start to emerge, but you never know for sure until the season is over.

Now since this is the first time Youngstown & Muskegon have played each other this season, there is no series chart, so I will use the Phantoms series chart for Cedar Rapids as an example.

Cedar Rapids Series Chart
Cedar Rapids Series Chart

So this chart is showing the season series against Cedar Rapids, where 4 of their 7 games this season have been played. You can see that the Phantoms did not fare too well the first 3 games, but Game 4 made a huge difference in the overall numbers. But it’s a good snapshot of where the series stands so far.

Season Ranking Chart
Season Ranking Chart

And finally, this last chart is the rankings for the entire Eastern Conference, with the NTDP split into the two squads. And remember, the U17s and U18s each play half the schedule, so their numbers will bounce around a lot more than the rest of the conference that plays the entire schedule. This chart will give you the percentages that are current for the week, as well as what those numbers were the previous week.

Numbers that are GREEN indicate that number increased from the previous week, RED means they dropped. BLACK means they either stayed the same, or that team did not play last weekend. In the TRAIL time category, it is inverted because that number dropping is a good thing.

There you go. I promise that all future articles will be more about analysis. This was all about remembering, or learning, how to read these charts. I put a ton of work into making everything user friendly, and the feedback I typically get is that once you know what everything is, it is very easy to read. Any feedback, questions, or if you want to see the chart for a team you follow, you can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

So until next week, thanks for reading along!