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January 26, 2012

Stats and Fury: Kings Should Break Out In Second Half

by Kent Wilson and ESPN Insider

L.A. should see improvement when offense returns, and the Kings aren't alone.

December 14, 2011

Stats and Fury: Don't Blame The Bench Bosses

by Kent Wilson and ESPN Insider

More often than not, NHL coaches have limited impact on team performance.

November 11, 2011

Stats and Fury: Numbers Behind The Payne Firing

by Kent Wilson

With average goaltending and special teams, Blues bench boss David Payne wouldn't have been fired.

November 2, 2011

Premium Article Stats and Fury: Maloney's Incentives In The Turris Negotiations

by Kent Wilson

Phoenix GM Don Maloney has played the Turris negotiations about as well as can be expected given the circumstances.

October 21, 2011

Stats and Fury: The Sky Isn't Falling, Montreal

by Kent Wilson

"The fascinating corollary of knee-jerk emotional reactions to extreme outcomes over brief samples is the very human tendency to jump to conclusions and fabricate explanatory stories and illusory correlations to make them seem sensible."

Premium Article Stats and Fury: Early Season Mirages

by Kent Wilson

Don't read too much into two weeks and a handful of games. Kent looks at two teams that are bound to come back down to earth and two that should pick up the pace soon.

October 6, 2011

Stats and Fury: Steckel Vs. Betts

by Kent Wilson

The Toronto Maple Leafs picked up faceoff specialist David Steckel from the New Jersey Devils. Would they have been better off claiming the Flyers' Blair Betts off of waivers?

October 4, 2011

Stats and Fury: Defending Sean Avery

by Kent Wilson

Is Sean Avery worth the trouble? Can he help an NHL team?

September 19, 2011

Stats and Fury: Whither Kyle Turris?

by Kent Wilson

Is fourth-liner Kyle Turris out of his mind with his contract demands? Or is the former third overall pick from 2007 trying to get traded out of Phoenix?

July 24, 2011

Stats and Fury: What Hath Paul Holmgren Wrought?

by Kent Wilson

Are the Flyers better or worse after Holmgren's offseason sea change?

June 28, 2011

Stats and Fury: Sabres Steal Robyn Regehr

by Kent Wilson

Looking to get out of "cap jail", GM Jay Feaster dealt his shutdown defenseman Robyn Regehr.

June 9, 2011

Premium Article Stats and Fury: Comparing Bruins' and Canucks' Depth

by Kent Wilson

After injuries, suspension, role players key as Stanley Cup Finals continue.

May 6, 2011

Stats and Fury: Nicklas Backstrom's Regression

by Kent Wilson

After Alex Ovechkin, many observers considered young centerman Nicklas Backstrom as the next most crucial piece of the Capitals' puzzle. So what went wrong in 2010-11?

April 15, 2011

Premium Article Stats and Fury: These San Jose Sharks Are Built To Last

by Kent Wilson

Sharks depth at forward, power play and goaltending is better than years past.

March 17, 2011

Premium Article Stats and Fury: Hope for the NHL's Worst Five Teams

by Kent Wilson

Even though they have had dismal seasons, the NHL's worst teams have reason for hope.

February 7, 2011

Stats and Fury: The Unlucky Ones

by Kent Wilson

Over the course of a long 82-game National Hockey League campaign, the bounces even out for most players. But each season, a handful players seem to get the short end of the stick.

January 11, 2011

Premium Article Stats and Fury: Tug of War

by Kent Wilson

Phoenix's youngsters failed miserably in the possession tug of war in 2008-09. The Coyotes' improvement in 2009-10 was a big part of their overall turnaround.

January 10, 2011

Stats and Fury: With or Without Bobby Ryan

by Kent Wilson

Was Bobby Ryan worth the big contract that the Anaheim Ducks gave him this past offseason?

December 22, 2010

Stats and Fury: Sidney Crosby's Historic Season

by Kent Wilson

New Hockey Prospectus author Kent Wilson tells us why the Penguins star may be the best forward of the modern era.