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Howe and Why column archives.


January 9, 2013

Howe and Why: Ryan O'Reilly

by Robert Vollman

Underrated restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly could draw some interest if the Avs aren't willing to pay for his talents.

December 31, 2012

Howe and Why: Passes

by Robert Vollman

Whose passes led to the most shots on goal in 2011-12? And who's passing when they should be shooting, and vice versa?

October 10, 2012

Howe and Why: Goals Versus Salary, 2011-12

by Robert Vollman

While Goals Versus Threshold measures who the best players are, Goals Versus Salary (GVS) identifies which players are the best bargains.

October 1, 2012

Howe and Why: Rating The Summer Signings

by Robert Vollman

As a follow-up to the Best Consensus Summer Signings and Worst Consensus Summer Signings, Rob gives us the full results from his panel of sabermetric experts.

September 26, 2012

Howe and Why: Worst Consensus Summer Signings

by Robert Vollman and ESPN Insider

Stat heads collaborate to evaluate the worst contracts of summer 2012.

September 25, 2012

Howe and Why: Best Consensus Summer Signings

by Robert Vollman and ESPN Insider

Statheads collaborate to evaluate the top free-agent signings of 2012.

July 11, 2012

Howe and Why: Wild, Bolts Are Big FA Winners

by Robert Vollman and ESPN Insider

Ranking the teams that have added, lost the most talent in the 2012 offseason

June 26, 2012

Howe and Why: Quality Starts, 2011-12

by Robert Vollman

A look at the league leaders in consistent goaltending for 2011-12, and the exceptional cases of Tuukka Rask, Ondrej Pavelec, and Evgeni Nabokov.

May 11, 2012

Howe and Why: Selke Selection

by Robert Vollman

Using a variety of mainstream and advanced metrics, we come to a conclusion as to who deserves recognition as the NHL's best defensive forward.

March 22, 2012

Howe and Why: Does Radulov Shift The Balance Of Power?

by Robert Vollman

The Nashville Predators lost an asset when former first round pick Alexander Radulov bolted for the KHL; tonight, the prodigal son returns to Nashville. Can he be a difference maker for a team that was already in the discussion of Stanley Cup contenders?

March 21, 2012

Howe and Why: What's Wrong With Toronto?

by Robert Vollman and ESPN Insider

Poor goaltending, bad spending have kept Toronto out of the playoffs.

March 14, 2012

Howe and Why: Late Season Quality Starts Update

by Robert Vollman

Brian Elliott's giving Henrik Lundqvist a run in Quality Start percentage, highlighting his surprising season.

March 6, 2012

Howe and Why: Value Today Vs. Value Tomorrow

by Robert Vollman

Which teams were winners and losers at the trade deadline, or more precisely, which teams improved for this season and which teams improved for the future?

February 11, 2012

Howe and Why: Alan Ryder's 2011 NHL Review

by Robert Vollman

While some of Vollman's conclusions in Hockey Prospectus 2011-12 may have been deemed as "bollocks" by Ryder, he still suggests that you check out 2011 NHL Review.

February 2, 2012

Howe and Why: Slide Back Index

by Robert Vollman

Revisiting the Slide Back Index to identify players whose previously impressive performances proved to be only temporary.

January 20, 2012

Howe and Why: Rangers Face Likely Second-Half Fall-off

by Robert Vollman and ESPN Insider

Blueshirts lead list of teams unlikely to sustain early success.

January 11, 2012

Howe and Why: A Possession Problem For The Ducks

by Robert Vollman and ESPN Insider

Anaheim's inability to control the puck has fueled its franchise-worst start.

January 5, 2012

Howe and Why: The Bounceback Index

by Robert Vollman

What types of players typically regain previous form after having a down year or two?

December 1, 2011

Howe and Why: Potential Breakouts

by Robert Vollman

The Snepsts system doesn't only make projections, but it can also tell us who might make a bigger jump in production.

Howe and Why: Oz Coke Charts

by Robert Vollman

Who's getting the tough playing time? Rob Vollman discusses an innovation that's beginning to get some widespread use.

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