A little project I've been working on... predicting PIM.
Most of the major PIM guys are fighters.
So I've logged some of their recent fight info from hockeyfights.com
Sometimes, it helps to see each team's fighters & then speculate if two will square off in any given match-up.
This year, with team's playing only in-conference, it may be easier to forecast which fights will happen & who may fight a lot.
I've noticed that goons that change locations really like to fight in their first few games that they play on their new team.
Here's a list of several goons that have switched teams:
West Coast Faces-in-new-Places
ANA: Brad Staubitz (takes over Parros' goon spot)
MIN: Zenon Konopka & Jake Dowell
East Coast Faces-in-new-Places
BUF: John Scott (if he makes the roster)
CAR: Kevin Westgarth (finally some grit added to the Canes - thanks to Carcillo for this one.)
FLA: George Parros (takes over Krys Barch goon spot)
MON: Brandon Prust (a much needed goon for the Habs)
NJ: Krys Barch
NYI: Matt Carkner (helps fill the goon spot left by Micheal Haley)
NYR: Micheal Haley (helps fill the goon spot left by Brandon Prust)
TB: BJ Crombeen (a much needed goon)
With all the new moves on the East... I expect to see a lot of fighting in that conference this year... and would hedge towards those goons.
That said, I think Zenon Konopka really wants to regain his PIM crown from Derek Dorsett... so expect Konopka (if he makes a regular roll with MIN) to rumble a LOT.
For anybody interested, I'm considering a little project called "The Daily Goon" where you predict two or three fights to happen based on the upcoming day schedule.
PM me if interested in participating/contributing.
CLICK PDF FILE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD A LIST OF GOONS.
Hope you enjoy.