Why Matthews’ shift in play type raises ceiling on his post-season success

The yardstick for our judgment Auston Matthews are weirdly high, so please keep that in mind when I say that something has looked … different in my eyes this season.

Since he won the Rocket Richard Trophy for the most goals in the NHL last season, I wasn’t sure I loved being different, so something felt a little weird to me. I still thought he looked good, maybe just a little less offensively dangerous?

If that were true, it would be reasonably understandable. He missed prep and training camp with an off-season wrist surgery and we’ve seen how the lack of camp has affected the players in the past. William Nylander struggled the year he missed camp and Elias Pettersson got off to an extremely slow start into the 2021/22 season.

So I went through a couple of Matthews videos (and some numbers) and came to a conclusion:

I’m an idiot.

Matthews was brilliant for the Leafs and actually did exactly what some fans wanted him to do after scoring one goal after the team’s disappointing post-season retirement where he only scored one goal in seven games. He’s playing a playoff game that’s different, but at least in theory it’s the kind of game that should be more sustainable when the checking is tight and all eyes are on him.

Matthews plays closer to the blue color and more on the road, using a tool he probably hasn’t squeezed the most juice out of in his career: his size. Since he is graceful and agile when he cuts his way through the neutral zone, it’s easy to forget that the guy is a giant. He is six feet tall and plays at a super lean 205 pounds this season. He is a strong, strong man with solid edges and balance, which means he can barely move.

Check out this tip-in goal he scores against the Ducks. Somehow, in their D-Zone coverage, the Ducks ended up with a six-foot right winger Troy Terry covering Matthews Low, which is defensive suicide.

If Matthews decides to post it, it’s like posting my five year old on his Fisher Price tire. The little guy can lean in and push what he wants, but I have to be honest, I barely know he’s there. I have complete control of the territory around the rack, and that’s Matthews versus Terry on this piece. The latter doesn’t even know where to start with the relocation project assigned to him.

Matthews forwards it home like Brodie is shooting a bucket full of pucks so he can practice tips.

Matthews taking this ice cream was a minor issue as he apparently is aware that once he gets there and has established a position two and three punches on it, most players don’t know how to get it away.

It hardly looks like the guy in that GIF is leaning on him at the top, but check out enough of his lower layers and that’s what you keep picking up on. People trying to eliminate him always seem to have done a bad job because he is strong and difficult to control. Watch another giant of a man, Anze Kopitar, take the hit and Matthews is stuck here below the goal line. He even reached out his leg to catch him below the goal line that Matthews crosses like a turnstile.

There appears to have been either an increase in physical comfort or actual mental acceptance that the area below the goal line (and on the net) can be his playground, and he uses that force like the tool it is. Watch Byram bend over and chase after him for just a second on the boards in Bowen Byram, which is why Mitch Marner even has the chance to make that slick little slip up.

If you’re someone who has criticized the Leafs’ top talent for not playing “grainy” enough, or for not playing “playoff style hockey,” Matthews exempted himself from that criticism. These aren’t the most accurate stats, but they stand firm, and his scores per 60 are at the highest level of his career, his hits per 60 are the second highest, and his hits per 60 have skyrocketed from the previous two seasons. The only point these things do for me is a general one, that he’s a lot in the middle of it this year.

Now, just looking at his raw stats, you might feel like things are being delayed a little. His goal and assist rates are below what they typically have per game, but these things are probably the product of the way hockey goes sometimes.

Last season, when he was on the ice for a goal, he scored a point more than 80 percent of the time. This year it was just over 60 percent, the lowest figure in his career. Some of it is luck. He’s also had a couple of seasons in his career where he’s shot over 18 percent (18.5 percent last year), and this year he’s at 14 percent even after hitting three pots in his last game. The points for Matthews will come in bundles, especially because he keeps the action on the ice.

The images below are unblocked rates of fire that took place while Matthews was on the ice for the Leafs. The higher the plus on the offensive, the better, the smaller the minus on the defensive. Shots for are good, shots against are bad. Here’s what Matthews did this season, via HockeyViz and which are very helpful Micah Blake McCurdy. If numbers aren’t your thing, just check out the pictures, which should speak volumes.

Last year the team with Matthews was exceptional in these two areas too, but as you can see, still not as good as this year.

It’s a bloodbath for the Leafs in the O-Zone with him on the ice this season, and it’s all over the other team’s kink and down zone.

So no, his raw scores aren’t his personal bests, but Matthews is currently setting personal bests on every game driving metric I know of. He’s at his best Corsi percentage, Fenwick, shots, chances and goals expected.

Somehow the guy doesn’t have any primary assists at 5v5 right now. How long do you think this will take?

The safe bet is “not very”.

We discussed Matthews Play on our podcast Real Kyper and Bourne (which you might like if your into Leafs stuff), and Nick Kypreos has argued that this is exactly what he wants to see from the big horse the Leafs up front. He notes that to have a good year he doesn’t have to win the Rocket, he has to adapt to a style of play that can prevail when the going gets tough. And so damn raw numbers, Matthews’ game so far has to be seen as a huge plus as I’d say he’s done just that this season so far.

Two UW eating halls shift to buffet fashion as a consequence of meals shortages · The Badger Herald

Gordon Avenue Market and Four Lakes Market dining rooms switched to all-you-care-to-eat on September 10 due to food shortages on campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The change comes when restaurant staff try to tackle industry-wide challenges in the supply chain. The move was made in the hope of reducing waiting times while maintaining a wide choice of menus and a low price. according to a newsletter from the University of Wisconsin.

According to the newsletter, Food prices for residents at these locations are $ 4.99 for breakfast, $ 5.99 for lunch, and $ 6.99 for dinner. Non-resident prices are $ 8.31 for breakfast, $ 9.98 for lunch, and $ 11.65 for dinner.

Gordon’s and Four Lakes have adapted these flat rates to a buffet instead of the traditional a la carte dining options.

No changes are currently planned for the other canteens on campus, according to the Newsletter.

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University Housing spokesman Brendon Dybdahl said the change was unexpected but necessary due to long waiting times and unavailable menu items.

“The decision to make this change wasn’t predictable, but when our residents moved in we found that long lines and staff were affecting students in ways that needed to be resolved quickly,” Dybdahl said in an email to The Badger Herald.

The new pricing model corresponds to the prices charged in Rheta’s Market, a dining room that was buffet style prior to the changeover in Gordons and Four Lakes.

Dybdahl said there are still opportunities for students to grab inexpensive meals like Carson’s Market and Liz’s Market, order through GrubHub, and get an increase in grab-and-go options at Flamingo Run convenience stores .

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UW freshman Raines Lucas said he doesn’t feel particularly affected by this change, although it can sometimes be unconventional if a full meal is not needed.

“I’d say it’s not a major inconvenience, but I wouldn’t say that I’ve heard anyone benefit from it [from the change]”Said Lucas. “We always had the Rheta’s buffet option and removed the Gordon’s and Four Lakes option. I don’t think it’s going to be of any use to anyone. “

Most of these changes are temporary, according to Dybdahl.

However, the entire food industry continues to suffer from food and staff shortages due to COVID-19.

“As new employees become more efficient every day, we expect longer queues than usual and waiting times will improve,” said Dydbahl. “We’re still doing our best to improve things as quickly as possible.”

International Media and Leisure (M&E) Video Transcoding Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Pandemic has Compelled a Shift to Cloud-based Video Workflows for Distant Manufacturing and Distribution

DUBLIN, 06/11/2021 – (BUSINESS WIRE)–The “The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a switch to cloud-based video workflows for remote production and distribution” Report was added to ResearchAndMarkets.com to offer.

This study analyzes the global media and entertainment (M&E) video transcoding market (the base year is 2020).

Video transcoders are used to convert content from a single input source to a variety of output formats, definitions, resolutions, and file or live formats. This enables video to be delivered to various networked and portable devices.

Video transcoding also refers to the process of converting uncompressed or compressed content to another compressed format or significantly reusing the content, typically in the context of a digital media workflow. M&E video transcoders are sold through direct sales as well as value-added resellers and system integrators.

For the purposes of this study, the editor has identified two main segments of video transcoding – production and multiscreen / video on demand (VoD). Video transcoding customers assigned to the production segment use video transcoding in post production and archiving applications, and the main customers are post production studios.

The Multiscreen / VoD segment comprises pay-TV operators, over-the-top (OTT) service providers, broadcasters and pure internet video services. Typically, multiscreen / VoD transcoding involves creating optimized video streams for unicast or multicast distribution of video to primary monitors, attached computers, devices, and second / third monitors. Video transcoding solutions can be found in hardware, software, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) form factors.

As the digital media ecosystem evolves to incorporate more content and video processing technologies across a wide variety of devices, many vendors are upgrading their video transcoding solutions from hardware to software and SaaS to stay agile and cost-effective, although some older hardware solutions persist consistently on top of that Market. The market saw sales decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the budgetary problems most content providers were facing due to global security measures such as social distancing and bans.

The story goes on

However, it is expected to recover over the next 2 years as video transcoding will remain a business critical technology in the M&E space. The fate of the marketplace is tied to improvements in workflow and deployment as an increasing number of formats and devices take shape in this mature domain. Due to mergers and acquisitions, the market has seen fierce competition and the entry and exit of providers.

The study also identifies 3 growth opportunities and discusses the trends and sales related to the Multiscreen / VoD and the product segments and breaks down the sales distribution by form factor.

Key topics covered:

1. Strategic imperatives

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2. Growth Opportunity Analysis, M&E Video Transcoding Market

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  • Growth Opportunity 1 – High-Density Transcoding for Streaming Live Events, 2020

  • Growth Opportunity 2 – Powerful Transcoding for AR / VR / 360 Video, 2020

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Albany Museum of Artwork education schemes shift to digital | Albany Herald Leisure

ALBANIA – Two popular educational programs at the Albany Museum of Art – Toddler Takeover and Homeschool Day – run virtually in February and March. Museum officials anticipate both programs will return to face-to-face sessions in April.

With the rise in COVID cases in the Albany area after the holidays, AMA officials took a break and rescheduled winter programming for later dates. The museum remains open to visitors during normal opening hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors are asked to follow current health guidelines, including wearing masks and maintaining social distance.

“We want to keep in touch with the toddlers and students while we suspend the live sessions for the next few weeks,” said Annie Vanoteghem, AMA director of education and public programming. “We have learned a lot about converting our programs into online experiences since last year’s COVID shutdown and will be using that knowledge to bring these sessions to toddler and student homes in February and March.”

The online infant adoption experiences will be posted on the AMA website (www.albanymuseum.com/kids-staying-inspired) by 10 a.m. on the regular first Tuesday of the program, February 2 and March 2.

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Homeschool Day, where students receive STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Math) arts projects will be available on the AMA website (www.albanymuseum.com/kids-staying-inspired) until 11am February and March 11th.

Links to the virtual programs Toddler Takeover and Homeschool Day in both months will also be published on the AMA’s Facebook page (www.facebook.commmmm / AlbanyMuseumOfArt).

“We plan to return both programs to face-to-face sessions at the museum on April 6 with the adoption of toddlers,” Vanoteghem said. “It will depend on what we hear from health officials at this point, but we hope things go back to normal.”

The Albany Museum of Art is located at 311 Meadowlark Drive next to the West Campus of Albany State University, just off Gillionville Road. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.