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The Globe and Mail and Sportradar release NHL predictor hub

Feb. 5, 2018

The Globe and Mail and Sportradar US, LLC today released The Forecheck, an NHL predictor and the first by a major news outlet, available at https://tgam.ca/forecheck.

The predictor forecasts individual game outcomes, along with current playoff probabilities for each NHL team. Game statistics are loaded into the predictor after each game.

“The NHL predictor is another example of how The Globe and Mail is pushing boundaries when it comes to what we can do to improve our audience experience with innovative data science,” says Greg Doufas, Chief Technology Officer of The Globe and Mail.

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The Globe’s data science team based the proprietary algorithm on 29-years’ worth of historical data. It assesses approximately 2,000 variables, from faceoff win percentage to blocked shots to predict game winners. The model has accurately predicted 61.9% of the games played this season.

The NHL predictor is based on data from Sportradar, the NHL’s official third-party data provider.

“Sportradar has a long history of bringing sports fans around the world engaging, entertaining, and data-driven products and the NHL Predictor delivers the next major innovation in game outcome prediction and probability tracking for hockey fans worldwide,” said Jason Sukhraj , Senior Vice President of Business Development, Sportradar. “This collaboration with The Globe and Mail is a natural partnership, as both of our organizations strive to produce great content and in-depth, data-centric experiences.”

Since it was founded 16 years ago, Sportradar has served as a trusted resource to the most influential and notable sports and leagues. The company has partnered with the NHL, NFL, NBA, ITF, esports tournament organizer ESL, and many others worldwide. Leading broadcasters, digital publishers, app developers, teams and brands use Sportradar’s feeds and solutions to connect with fans.

Further enhancements, including predicting chances of teams winning conference finals and the Stanley Cup are planned over the rest of the season.

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