[wip] Early draft of a thing to show results for the main (>2 min) 5v5 forward matchups. Posting here because I don't know what to do with it next yet.
Along the way of making this I've realized something curious: hockey really /isn't/ a matchup sport. If you rattle off the ten most common forward line matchups, for instance, you don't even cover half the 5v5 time in a typical regular season game.
Some coaches matchup more than others, but even looking at d-vs-f or d-vs-d, it's just not how the game is actually played. Everybody plays against everybody, most of the time.
As for the chart, I think I'm gonna work something into the gutter to show shift start locations but other than that it might be done, actually.

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