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Ranking the Best Penalty Killers Among 2014 NHL Free Agents

June 28th, 2014
The unrestricted free-agency period is a great opportunity for teams to quickly fill their holes. For those looking to repair and/or upgrade their penalty kill, who are the most effective available options? As usual, I'll be using analytics to answer this question—which is never easy when measuring the defensive side of a ...

NHL Teams That Will Be Most Affected by Retirements in 2014-15

June 24th, 2014
Every year there's at least one retirement of significant impact, whether it's Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom in 2012, Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff last year, or Anaheim's Teemu Selanne right now. Usually the impact of a player's retirement is far subtler than that of those three, but the loss of a key ingredient can ...

Moneypuck Awards for NHL Goaltenders in 2013-14

June 20th, 2014
There are more ways to measure goalies than with wins, losses and goals-against average. Modern hockey analytics has produced many ways to find those who excel in various undervalued aspects of the game. Who were this year's moneypuck netminders? To answer that question we have selected 10 less-publicized statistical categories that ...

Ranking the Best Playmakers Among 2014 NHL Free Agents

June 10th, 2014
A great playmaker can help unleash the scoring talents of those around him. They can make 20-goal scorers out of nothing, push an average player to the 30-40 goal range and help an elite sniper top 50 goals and contend for the Maurice Richard. Who are the best playmakers available through ...

Goaltenders Ready to Become Starters in the 2014-15 NHL Season

May 31st, 2014
No single player has as much influence over a team's fate than the starting goalie, and no one's performance is more unpredictable either. A team that finds itself a capable low-cost option in nets creates a huge competitive advantage, much as Tampa Bay enjoyed with Ben Bishop last year. Who could be ready to step ...

Ranking the Top 10 Shutdown Players in the 2014 NHL Playoffs

May 12th, 2014
They say defense win championships. That means shutdown stars like Patrice Bergeron could be more critical than the scoring leaders they target. Who have been the most effective shutdown players through almost two full rounds of postseason action? Analytics can help answer that question in a way that's as free of subjective opinion ...

Ranking the 10 Best Puck-Moving Defensemen in the 2014 NHL Playoffs

May 2nd, 2014
A great puck-moving defenseman is one of the key ingredients to Stanley Cup success. How many championship teams can you name that didn't have at least one of the league's most dangerous blue-line threats in their lineup? Teams like Chicago and Montreal could have a critical advantage over the other ...

Bruins vs. Canadiens: Ranking the Top Playoff Clashes Between Historic Rivals

April 29th, 2014
Boston and Montreal are facing off this postseason for the 34th time in history. The bar for this series is set awfully high with the amazing contests these two great teams have had since their first playoff encounter back in 1929. How do they all rank? Selecting the top clashes in the game's ...

Every NHL Team’s Most Significant Injury in 2013-14 Season

April 10th, 2014
The wrong injury to the wrong player at the wrong time can derail a season. In some cases, it can be fatal to a team's playoff hopes, such as it was in Nashville with Pekka Rinne. But cases like Steven Stamkos in Tampa Bay prove that a team's fate is ...

Ranking the Top 10 Goaltenders in the 2014 Free-Agent Class

April 5th, 2014
Several teams are potentially going shopping for a new goaltender this offseason; which ones will be available as free agents July 1? Ryan Miller will be highly sought after, followed by goalies like Jonas Hiller and Jaroslav Halak. How do they all rank? In the final part of a series ranking the top ...