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Angles and Caroms column archives.


April 6, 2012

Angles and Caroms: Florida's Paper Resurgence

by Jonathan Willis

The Panthers are on the verge of entering the postseason as the three seed in the Eastern Conference, but have they really improved?

March 21, 2012

Angles and Caroms: Return Of The Goaltenders

by Jonathan Willis

For Martin Brodeur, Ilya Bryzgalov and Semyon Varlamov, the last half of the NHLís 2011-12 season has been a chance to recover from disastrous starts.

February 25, 2012

Angles and Caroms: For Kings, Jeff Carter Trade Is Big Deal

by Jonathan Willis and ESPN Insider

In a single move, L.A. added a scorer and dismissed declining D-man Jack Johnson.

January 25, 2012

Angles and Caroms: From Defensive Anchor To Boat Anchor: How Chris Pronger Became A Salary Cap Nightmare

by Jonathan Willis

Signing a player over the age of 35 to a long-term contract is a terrible risk under the current CBA, and it's one that has backfired on Philadelphia.

December 15, 2011

Premium Article Angles and Caroms: An Unlikely Star

by Jonathan Willis

Nothing in his past pointed towards Nikita Nikitin's breakout, but he's been a silver lining on a rough season for Columbus.

December 1, 2011

Angles and Caroms: Fixing The Blue Jackets, Part 4

by Jonathan Willis

We've examined the issues, so what should management do in the short term and long term?

November 29, 2011

Premium Article Angles and Caroms: Fixing The Blue Jackets, Part 3

by Jonathan Willis

What is working, and what is not working.

November 25, 2011

Angles and Caroms: Fixing The Blue Jackets, Part 2

by Jonathan Willis

Columbus is getting destroyed by the percentages.

November 24, 2011

Angles and Caroms: Fixing The Blue Jackets, Part 1

by Jonathan Willis

How bad are they, exactly?

November 8, 2011

Angles and Caroms: Can Coaches Keep Their Teams Out Of The Box?

by Jonathan Willis

One NHL team has notably excelled in stayed out of the penalty box in the years since the Lockout, despite numerous coaching changes. So can a head coach affect the number of opposition power plays?

November 2, 2011

Angles and Caroms: More Than Just PK%

by Jonathan Willis

Is it better to take less penalties, or kill them off more efficiently?

October 26, 2011

Premium Article Angles and Caroms: The NHL's Scoring Leader Among Defensemen

by Jonathan Willis

Tampa's Marc-Andre Bergeron is known primarily as a power play specialist, so what's going on with his great start at even strength?

October 24, 2011

Angles and Caroms: Power Play Scoring And The Danger Of Small Sample Sizes

by Jonathan Willis

The early season has given us many unsustainable individual and team performances on the power play, at both ends of the spectrum.

October 22, 2011

Angles and Caroms: The Less Than Magnificent Seven

by Jonathan Willis

Seven goaltenders off to rough starts so far in the first few weeks of the 2011-12 campaign.

October 20, 2011

Angles and Caroms: Blue Jackets' Slow Start

by Jonathan Willis

The factors that have contributed to the Columbus Blue Jackets slow start, and how they bode for the future.

September 29, 2011

Angles and Caroms: Did Injuries Unravel Colorado's Blue Line?

by Jonathan Willis

Injuries to Kyle Quincey and Kyle Cumiskey hurt the Avs' defense last season, but did it really make that much difference to the team's fortunes in 2010-11?

September 27, 2011

Premium Article Angles and Caroms: Minnesota's Blue Line Is Inexperienced. Is It Competent?

by Jonathan Willis and ESPN Insider

The Minnesota Wild enter the 2011-12 campaign with a defensive corps short of both marquee names and veteran experience.

September 26, 2011

Angles and Caroms: Nashville's Success In One-Goal Games

by Jonathan Willis

Typically, a team's success in one-goal games from year to year is as fleeting as a team's shootout success. But do the Nashville Predators really possess a repeatable skill in these games?

September 23, 2011

Angles and Caroms: Potential Realignment Scenarios

by Jonathan Willis

What's the NHL going to look like for the 2012-13 season?

Angles and Caroms: Could Drew Doughty's Absence Cost The Kings?

by Jonathan Willis

Do the Los Angeles Kings have more to lose than young superstar defenseman Drew Doughty, in their seemingly stalled contract negotiations?

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