1. Will Alexander Steen Live Up to His Contract Extension with St. Louis Blues?

    In extending Alexander Steen for three years, did the St. Louis Blues shrewdly lock down an elite sniper, or get themselves stuck with a $5...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 9 months ago 1,617 reads 4 comments

  2. Which NHL Teams Are Using Their Players Most Effectively in 2013-14 Season?

    There is a great new innovation that can evaluate how effectively coaches are using their players–Player Usage Charts...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 9 months ago 42,785 reads 129 comments

  3. Ranking the 10 Most Surprising NHL Rookies in 2013-14

    Tomas Hertl started the season off with quite a shocking bang, scoring six goals and seven points in just the first three games...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 9 months ago 17,301 reads 132 comments

  4. Are the Montreal Canadiens a Legit Stanley Cup Threat?

    Carey Price and P.K. Subban are top-three at their positions, giving the Montreal Canadiens two key ingredients of a Stanley Cup contender...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 9 months ago 4,579 reads 36 comments

  5. Struggling NHL Teams Most Likely to Get Hot in 2013-14

    The sweet spot in an NHL season starts at around the 30-game mark. That's when the gap in predictive power between analytics and traditional analysis begins to reach its widest point...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 9 months ago 4,209 reads 8 comments

  6. Which Country Has the Deepest Pool of Goaltenders for 2014 Winter Olympics?

    Most countries have at least a single elite goalie, but which one has the deepest pool of goaltenders from which to select their Olympic roster? The top three are so close that it ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 9 months ago 4,566 reads 21 comments

  7. How Does Jaromir Jagr Measure Up to Mario Lemieux as an All-Time Great?

    Jaromir Jagr just passed Mario Lemieux in career goals and is within 16 of achieving the same thing with assists and points...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 9 months ago 5,896 reads 23 comments

  8. Ranking the 10 Best NHL Teams at Protecting Leads

    Is there any NHL team better than Chicago at protecting leads? Probably not, but looking at the fascinating data provided over at NHL.com over the years, we can see which teams are the closest...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 10 months ago 6,351 reads 29 comments

  9. Every NHL Team's Riskiest Contract in the 2013-14 Season

    To build a winning team, you have to take risks. Risky contracts aren't necessarily bad ones, but rather deals that can make all the difference if they're successful and leave a team holding a very expensive bag if they aren't...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 10 months ago 77,489 reads 73 comments

  10. What Went Wrong in Rick DiPietro's Once-Promising Career?

    Rick DiPietro was just cut from a professional tryout with Carolina's AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, his career all but over at age 32...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 10 months ago 13,251 reads 44 comments

  11. Ranking Every NHL Team's Top Goaltender

    Which team has the best starting goalie? Henrik Lundqvist and Tuukka Rask are just two of many netminders who are frequently referred to as the league's best...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 10 months ago 67,244 reads 273 comments

  12. Ranking the Top Penalty Killers Among NHL Forwards Today

    Often the difference between a good penalty kill and a great one is a forward like Jordan Staal or Frans Nielsen who can win faceoffs, block shots and win battles along the boards and in front of the net...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 10 months ago 7,559 reads 70 comments

  13. Can Ageless Martin St. Louis Carry Lightning's Offense Without Steven Stamkos?

    Tampa Bay's high-scoring superstar Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely with a broken leg. But wait! The Bolts also have last year's scoring leader Martin St. Louis ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 10 months ago 2,316 reads 4 comments

  14. Ranking the 10 Most Durable Players in the NHL

    Who are the most durable players in the NHL ? We're looking for players like the recently retired Nicklas Lidstrom, who can log the big minutes, take the harshest physical punishment and yet rarely miss a shift...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 10 months ago 7,589 reads 27 comments

  15. The Best Offseason Addition for Every NHL Team So Far in 2013-14

    Who has turned out to be the best acquisition this past offseason for each team so far? Whether it's by trade like Tyler Seguin and Bobby Ryan, by draft like Nathan MacKinnon, or by ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 10 months ago 27,247 reads 41 comments

  16. How Long Will Alexander Steen Remain Among NHL's Scoring Leaders?

    In one of the season's biggest surprises, Alexander Steen currently leads the NHL with 16 goals and 24 points after 17 games...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 10 months ago 4,408 reads 11 comments

  17. Ranking the Top 10 Relief Goalies in the NHL Today

    Josh Harding is one of those rare goalies known to be able to come into a game cold and play at his best. Today we'll look at the ten goalies who have had the most success when coming into a game in relief...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 10 months ago 8,527 reads 46 comments

  18. Ranking Every NHL Team's Penalty Kill in 2013-14

    Which NHL teams have been the most effective at killing penalties this year? According to the underlying numbers, it isn't at all who you think it is. In fact, you might even have it completely backward...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 10 months ago 19,904 reads 163 comments

  19. What's Wrong with the Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux?

    The monkey is off his back, but the recent 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers was the Philadelphia Flyers ' 16th game, during which time Claude Giroux has just one goal and seven assists...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 10 months ago 4,924 reads 18 comments

  20. Ranking the Toughest Assignments in the NHL Today

    Not all assignments are created equally. Some roles require a player to play frequently in the defensive zone, against players like Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, and possibly when down a man...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 10 months ago 4,459 reads 3 comments

  21. How Lucky Has Your NHL Team Been This Season?

    Though NHL hockey is a game of tremendous skill, puck luck can have a huge influence in the standings. Is there a way to quantify those breaks and bounces and figure out which teams ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 11 months ago 31,880 reads 126 comments

  22. Ranking the Top Penalty-Killers Among NHL Defensemen Today

    Who are the league's top defensemen when playing shorthanded? As great as Shea Weber and Ryan Suter are, don't look for them on this list, because we've identified 10 blueliners who are even better at killing penalties...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 11 months ago 10,412 reads 61 comments

  23. Are the Sedin Twins Worth Their $28 Million Contract Extensions?

    It is a deal that popular opinion is strongly behind, but will Henrik and Daniel Sedin really be worth $28 million apiece from ages 34 to 37? The answer is only yes if either the ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 11 months ago 6,130 reads 20 comments

  24. Ranking the NHL's Best Coaches

    Scotty Bowman may unquestionably be the best coach of all time, but who is the best among the active coaches? Can analytics be used to help rank Paul MacLean, Joel Quenneville, Ken ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 11 months ago 16,639 reads 62 comments

  25. The Hidden Potential of the 3-6 New York Rangers

    Could the lowly New York Rangers find themselves fighting the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Metropolitan division's top seed at season's end? Despite the league's worst goal differential, ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 11 months ago 5,309 reads 12 comments