August 10, 2006
I've always been frusterated by the NHL's poor (public) data collection, presentation and consistency. Things like french score sheets for Montreal home games have almost no benifit, but make processing a huge challenge (publish both if you have to). Adding features midway through a season is also frusterating. But when I was going through 2002-2006 data I bumped into potentially the worst sort of problem on play-by-play of game 266 in the 2002-2003 season. Look here to see the negative shirt number listed in the on ice lists
81 2 05:44 SHOT NSH EV -5 HUBACEK, Snap, 16 ft
146 3 11:05 GOAL CHI SH 26 SULLIVAN, A: 13 ZHAMNOV, Snap, 13 ft
CHI: 26 SULLIVAN , 2 MIRONOV , 41 THIBAULT , 13 ZHAMNOV , 8 POAPST
NSH: 1 DUNHAM , -5 HUBACEK , 21 JOHANSSON , 18 HALL , 11 LEGWAND , 4 EATON
First off who is Hubacek? According to hockeydb he hasn't played a game for Nashville in his life. So then there's: "01-11-02-- Nashville Predators traded Yves Sarault and a conditional draft selection in 2003 to the Philadephia Flyers for Jason Beckett and Petr Hubacek." Secondly, I want his jersey, negative 5!
He had a pretty good game for "not playing" a good shot (16' snap). Although he had a shorthanded goal scored against him (what on earth was this guy doing on the powerplay?)
What I suspect based on the shift charts, was that Haydar was a late scratch (didn't play a single minute) as was replaced with Hubacek (how the scoresheet people couldn't get his name listed properly goes beyond my understanding). This would means Nashville played the game with 7 defenseman.