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April 9, 2012

NHL Playoffs, First Round: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks

by Robert Vollman

Mike Smith's incredible season culminated in a fantastic final two weeks that saw him top the NHL in GVT. Can his Cinderella ride continue, taking the Coyotes/Jets franchise past the opening round for the first time since 1986-87? The star-studded Blackhawks, one year removed from hoisting the Stanley Cup, stand in their way.

NHL Playoffs, First Round: Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings

by Robert Vollman

It's inexperience vs. experience, even strength and puck possession success vs. special teams success.

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 17, 2012

Deadline Deals: Central Division

by Robert Vollman and ESPN Insider

Red Wings might top the standings, but they could use some help between the pipes.

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.

November 22, 2011

Howe and Why: AHL Translations, Summary

by Robert Vollman

Wrapping up a four-part series on improving AHL-to-NHL translations, Rob looks at who's exceeded and fallen short of expectations thus far.

November 15, 2011

Howe and Why: Count Your Lucky Starts

by Robert Vollman

Which teams are most likely to sustain their fast and slow starts?

November 8, 2011

Howe and Why: AHL Translations, Over Age 26

by Robert Vollman

By age 27, you might figure that legit NHL prospects wouldn't be lingering in the AHL anymore. And you would be right.

November 7, 2011

Premium Article Howe and Why: AHL Translations, Age 23-26

by Robert Vollman

Predicting NHL success for players aged 23-26 takes more than just finding high-scoring AHL players who are small or undrafted and playing for non-competitive teams.

October 25, 2011

Howe and Why: Fixing Shooting Percentage

by Robert Vollman

Ever strike you as odd that shooting percentage doesn't factor in shots that miss the net?

October 21, 2011

Howe and Why: AHL Translations, Under Age 23

by Robert Vollman

Rob makes some more steps towards refining AHL to NHL translations.

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