Now that the NHL Season has reached the half-way point, it's time to look in on the silliness that is the Grit Chart, courtesy of Sportsnet. As I said when I first looked at their "metric":
The screencap above, courtesy of @bookofloob, shows the brand-spankin'-new-for-2013 grit metric (What is Grit?) used by Sportsnet to explain which NHL teams are the grittiest. Grit is comprised of four measurements (stats!): Penalty Minutes, Fights, Hits, and Blocked Shots*. I combined the four into a single metric, weighted equally, and ranked the NHL by Sportsnet's grit metric below:
|Team||Points/G||What is Grit? Rank|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||1.10||1|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||0.95||3|
|St. Louis Blues||1.51||8|
|New York Islanders||0.80||11|
|Los Angeles Kings||1.32||13|
|New York Rangers||1.02||20|
|San Jose Sharks||1.40||24|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||1.28||24|
|Detroit Red Wings||1.10||28|
|New Jersey Devils||1.02||30|
Except for the Blues, the best teams in the league 18th or worse in the grit standings.
The R^2 value of grit score to points is .13, low enough to be meaningless. The R^2 value of population to points is .15, meaning metropolitan population correlates to winning more closely than grit as defined by Sportsnet.