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May 27, 2011

Dropping The Puck: Mum On Corsi

by Kent Wilson

How NHL teams are measuring puck possession; sabermetrics in the juniors; the latest San Jose Sharks' "choke".

May 12, 2011

Dropping The Puck: Good Ol' Fashioned Variance

by Kent Wilson

How much can a player really influence wins and losses for his team; scoring chances in the Canucks-Predators series; the unstoppable Anton Babchuk; and whether the Devils should re-sign defenseman Andy Greene or not.

April 21, 2011

Dropping The Puck: Taking Stock

by Kent Wilson

With the season over for teams like Calgary, Edmonton and New Jersey, its time for management and media alike to take stock of what happened in 2010-11 and where to go from there.

April 10, 2011

Dropping The Puck: Top Pick

by Kent Wilson

Stats point to an Sean Couturier as a worthy top pick in the Draft for the Oilers, Rob Vollman examines his preseason projections of the Flames, looking at the Flyers' dry spell, and other goodies.

April 1, 2011

Dropping The Puck: April Fools' Day

by Kent Wilson

Gabe's April Fools' entry; Stephane da Costa; Daymond Langkow; trailing teams getting more than their share of calls.

March 26, 2011

Dropping The Puck: Possession

by Kent Wilson

A new possession statistic, comparing two bad contracts and a look at Rangers rookie Michael Sauer.

March 18, 2011

Dropping The Puck: Spectacularly Wrong Simulations

by Kent Wilson

How did the simulations out there get the Devils all wrong?

March 10, 2011

Dropping The Puck: You Don't Need To Be a Nerd

by Kent Wilson

Quantitative analysis for the mainstream, plus a look at Drew Doughty's "disappointing" season.

March 3, 2011

Dropping The Puck: Edmonton Reactions

by Kent Wilson

This week in Dropping The Puck, Kent Wilson points us towards some reactions to what's going on with the Edmonton Oilers.

November 11, 2010

Premium Article Dropping The Puck: Ovechkin and Stamkos in the Bright Lights

by Andrew Rothstein

What is Evgeni Nabokov's value in Russia, do the Oilers need Shawn Horcoff, all eyes are on Ovechkin and Stamkos, is Penner shouldering the load again in Edmonton and five reasons why the Blues are not a surprise.

November 8, 2010

Premium Article Dropping The Puck: Rise of the St. Louis Blues

by Andrew Rothstein

A comparison of fantasy rankings against GVT, adjusted Corsi in close games, when hockey people fail with statistics, comparing the secondary ticket prices of the NHL and the NBA and the five reasons why the St. Louis Blues are shocking the Western Conference.

November 3, 2010

Dropping The Puck: Is Columbus Good?

by Andrew Rothstein

Are the Columbus Blue Jackets a good team, why the New Jersey Devils only have a 3% chance of making the playoffs, a look at the top 5 and 10 save percentages, analysis of the strong even strength defensive pairing of Tobias Enstrom and Dustin Byfulien for Atlanta, and can the first month of the season be predictive of the final standings.

October 22, 2010

Dropping The Puck: Oil Change

by Andrew Rothstein

A review of Oil Change, a look at the offensive zone finish percentages of the New Jersey Devils thus far, which goals should count toward career goals scored, a new shot quality paper and why is Ed Giacomin in the Hall of Fame?

May 24, 2010

Dropping The Puck: Afternoon Columns

by Andrew Rothstein

A tale of two talents, Nikolai Khabibulin's upcoming DUI case, a look at a potential Blackhawks-Flyers Stanley Cup Finals matchup, awarding the three stars from yesterday's game and this could be the end of an era in San Jose.

May 18, 2010

Dropping The Puck: Afternoon Columns

by Andrew Rothstein

A look at the takeaways and giveaways from the Habs-Pens series, how bad is the Flyers' defensive pairing of Ryan Parent and Lukas Krajicek, the Penguins shouldn't trade Evgeni Malkin, the phenomena of streaks and a prediction that the Oilers will select Taylor Hall with the first overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

May 17, 2010

Dropping The Puck: Afternoon Columns

by Andrew Rothstein

How did the Canadiens upset the Penguins, a look at the quality of shots the Habs took, is Jaroslav Halak truly an elite goaltender, third round playoff predictions, a look at shot quantity and quality in the Habs-Pens series, a review of last night's victory for Philadelphia, the difference between Sean Avery and Alex Rodriguez, is Nicklas Backstrom's new deal below market value, will the Eastern Conference Finals matchup lead to a new era in which small forwards are sought out by teams, and the effect of defensemen on save percentage, relative to their teammates, at even strength.

May 12, 2010

Dropping The Puck: Afternoon Columns

by Andrew Rothstein

What's the most important thing a team can do in the playoffs, why underdog teams are so gritty, the biggest playoff upsets are tied together by an underlying theme, Roberto Luongo was the reason the Canucks failed to advance past Chicago, and whether Sidney Crosby and the Peguins can overcome Montreal tonight in Game 7.

May 6, 2010

Dropping The Puck: Afternoon Columns

by Andrew Rothstein

The luck and skill of both blocked shots and first round playoff goaltending, can you learn to be a winner, a recap of game three between the Bruins and the Flyers, GMs want to revisit the kicking issue, five things we learned from Wednesday, a look at the nominees for the NHL General Manager of the Year award, disbelief over the way Alexander Ovechkin is being treated by the media, a deal should be made between the Rangers and Oilers this summer and picks for the 2009-10 NHL awards.

April 28, 2010

Dropping The Puck: Afternoon Columns

by Andrew Rothstein

The impact of turnovers on shot quality, properly valuing Nicklas Backstrom, five reasons why either the Capitals or Canadiens could win tonight, a look at first round value and how pending UFAs fared despite being eliminated in round one.

April 27, 2010

Dropping The Puck: Round One

by Andrew Rothstein

Halak should be on the trading block, a look at what Nashville could do in the offseason, why the Caps should part with Backstrom, a look at the Masterton Trophy finalists and how the Canadiens can pull off the upset against Washington.

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