The purpose of this study was to present the statistical model to predict the winning of ice hockey game and determine the contributing factors for win in the world ice hockey championship. In order to find the optimal regression model for ice hockey, we compared two regression model (logistic and linear model) with the database of all games and the separate databases of top/bottom teams. The logistic regression model using the separate database was most accurately predicted the actual outcome of games. This model and database further revealed that goalkeeping and scoring efficiencies and the number of shots on goal were significantly contributing factors to win. In addition, the results for prediction analysis of winning rate for each team indicated that offensive skills were more important factors than defense power to increase winning rate for teams.
Lee, Eun-Jeong and Kim, Hye-Young
"OPTIMAL REGRESSION MODEL FOR PREDICTING THE WINNING GAME AND CONTRIBUTING FACTORS IN ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 36:
1, Article 17.
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