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Howe and Why column archives.


May 19, 2011

Premium Article Howe and Why: Do-It-All Players

by Robert Vollman

Who are the players that Do It All for their team, in all phases of the game? And you might be surprised what else they have in common.

May 4, 2011

Howe and Why: Top Postseason Rookie Sensations

by Robert Vollman

These talented rookies performed like veterans in the postseason.

April 20, 2011

Howe and Why: Goalie Quality Starts, 2010-11

by Robert Vollman

Which goaltenders gave their teams an excellent chance to win most often? Check out the leaders in Quality Starts for 2010-11.

April 15, 2011

Howe and Why: Who Has The Depth Edge?

by Robert Vollman

Top-line strength is more important, but deep rosters provide an edge in even matchups.

April 6, 2011

Premium Article Howe and Why: The Heartbreak Bounce

by Robert Vollman

What happens to teams who barely miss the playoffs? It's often just what they needed.

March 24, 2011

Howe and Why: Lucky Ducks

by Robert Vollman

Has Anaheim really been the "lucky Ducks" of the National Hockey League this season?

March 16, 2011

Howe and Why: Best Final NHL Seasons

by Robert Vollman

Whether they were headed off to Europe, the WHA or the AHL, whether they prematurely retired due to injury, or whether they just chose to hang 'em up, these players performed at high levels until the very end of their careers.

March 10, 2011

Premium Article Howe and Why: Quality of Competition

by Robert Vollman

Just how important is quality of competition in determining who the best defensive defensemen are?

March 4, 2011

Howe and Why: Who Won the Heatley-Hossa Trade?

by Robert Vollman

Looking back years later, who won the Dany Heatley and Marian Hossa trade in August 2005? Seems like both teams made out pretty well, didn't they?

March 3, 2011

Premium Article Howe and Why: Finding Hot Teams with PDO

by Robert Vollman

Which teams are due for a regression, and which teams might bounce back? Time to check for a change in PDO.

February 19, 2011

Premium Article Howe and Why: Bourque, Bouwmeester and Tanguay

by Robert Vollman

In the Calgary Flames portion of our Heritage Classic preview, Rob Vollman examines how Rene Bourque, Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Tanguay have been faring in 2010-11 in relation to historically comparable players.

February 18, 2011

Premium Article Howe and Why: NHL's Worst Trades Ever

by Robert Vollman

What lessons can be learned from the NHL's worst trades of all time?

February 11, 2011

Premium Article Howe and Why: Rangers Thriving Despite Injuries

by Robert Vollman

New York may regress, but adversity may also make them Cup contenders.

Howe and Why: How to Analyze a Trade

by Robert Vollman

In the salary cap era, it's not enough to simply acquire an obvious asset and declare yourself the winner. Take for instance, the Nashville Predators acquisition of Ottawa forward Mike Fisher, a.k.a. Mr. Underwood.

January 31, 2011

Howe and Why: The Great One Plays On

by Robert Vollman

Rob Vollman considers an alternate reality where Wayne Gretzky had continued to play for several more seasons. What would have changed and what would have stayed the same? Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose, as they say.

January 29, 2011

Howe and Why: Lidstrom Destroys Staal

by Robert Vollman

Judging by Hockey Prospectus' Goals Versus Threshold metric, Rob Vollman projects that Team Lidstrom should get the better of Team Staal in the All-Star Game, by a fairly wide margin.

January 28, 2011

Howe and Why: The Esposito Trade

by Robert Vollman

Rob Vollman examines one of the NHL's blockbuster trades of all-time, which sent the legendary Phil Esposito to Broadway and Jean Ratelle and Brad Park to Beantown. It's not often in any sport that a trade includes three mid- to late-career Hall of Famers.

January 25, 2011

Howe and Why: Lafleur vs. Dionne

by Robert Vollman

Which Hall of Famer was better, Guy Lafleur or Marcel Dionne? Would the Canadiens of the 1970's and 1980's have won as many Stanley Cups with Dionne? Or maybe more?

January 20, 2011

Howe and Why: Rozsival's Revival

by Robert Vollman

With a significantly improved Relative Corsi, Michal Rozsival seems to have brought his game up a notch this season. So did the Phoenix Coyotes get a bargain for the former Rangers defenseman?

January 19, 2011

Howe and Why: Quality Starts

by Robert Vollman

Who are the best goaltenders in the NHL? You might not want to look at Wins, but you might want to consider Quality Starts.

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