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Richard Pollock author archives.


May 1, 2010

NHL Playoffs, Second Round: Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers

by Richard Pollock

Can Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins advance a series further than they did last year, or will Mike Richards and the Philadelphia Flyers defy critics and continue on to the Conference finals?

April 22, 2010

Illegal Curve: Even Strength Plus/Minus Percentage

by Richard Pollock

Which players contribute the most to their teams, percentage-wise, during five on five play based on even strength plus/minus?

April 15, 2010

NHL Playoffs, First Round: Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings

by Richard Pollock

What happens when a top notch offense squares off against a very good defense? We'll find out when the Sedin Twins and the Vancouver Canucks look to put pucks on net against Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings.

April 13, 2010

NHL Playoffs, First Round: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Detroit Red Wings

by Richard Pollock

Can the Phoenix Coyotes' surprising season continue deep into the postseason, or are the now healthy Detroit Red Wings likely to dominate this series?

April 7, 2010

Illegal Curve: Penalty-Killing Costs Goals

by Richard Pollock

How much of an impact does taking penalties have on a team's ability to score goals, and does this hurt a player such as Rene Bourque's value?

March 24, 2010

Illegal Curve: Is Discipline Beneficial?

by Richard Pollock

Last week, we took a look at the best and worst players at drawing and taking penalties. This week, we take a look at how beneficial or harmful these players are to improving a team's goal differential.

March 17, 2010

Illegal Curve: Discipline

by Richard Pollock

Is discipline a skill in hockey or is it a variable that varies from year to year for players?

March 10, 2010

Illegal Curve: Blackhawks and Flyers Make Mistakes at Trade Deadline

by Richard Pollock

Should Chicago and Philadelphia have made changes in the net with trades before the NHL's trade deadline, or were they right in keeping their teams as they are?

February 18, 2010

Deadline Deals: Southeast Division

by Richard Pollock

The Capitals have a very specific need to address, but aside from them, should other Southeast Division teams fix their weaknesses this season and try to make the playoffs, or should they look to rebuild?

February 10, 2010

2010 Winter Olympics Preview: Sweden, Bronze Medal

by Richard Pollock

Can the Sedin Twins and Team Sweden repeat as gold medal winners or will Canada and Russia get in their way?

February 5, 2010

Illegal Curve: Four More Players Who May Be On The Move

by Richard Pollock

Could Maxim Afinogenov, Paul Kariya, Fredrik Modin and Dwayne Roloson all be on the move over the weekend, and should teams be looking to acquire these four players?

January 27, 2010

Illegal Curve: Expect The Unexpected, Sort Of

by Richard Pollock

How are the top projected GVT leaders faring at this point in the season and what are some of the reasons why several players from this list might be underachieving.

January 20, 2010

Illegal Curve: Busting Out?

by Richard Pollock

Can four players who have neither lived up to the expectations of VUKOTA nor hockey analysts alike break out out of their season-long slumps?

January 13, 2010

Illegal Curve: The Correlation between Giveaways and Points in the Standings

by Richard Pollock

Are giveaways and takeaways important to winning games or is the giveaway an overrated stat? Which teams have turned the puck over more frequently than others over the past few years and have managed to remain successful, and which teams rarely turn the puck over, yet have struggled over the last half decade?

January 6, 2010

Illegal Curve: Hits and Team Success

by Richard Pollock

Do teams with a more physical style of play perform better than other teams and are there exceptions?

December 31, 2009

Illegal Curve: Philly's Eternal Crease Question

by Richard Pollock

Every year the Philadelphia Flyers seem to have the wrong man in net. Did they miss again with Ray Emery?

December 30, 2009

Illegal Curve: Success and Even Strength Production

by Richard Pollock

Is excelling in even strength situations the greatest indicator of future success and which team has been the biggest exception to this rule over the past few years?

December 24, 2009

Illegal Curve: Shots Against and Shots Blocked

by Richard Pollock

Is there a correlation between shots against and shots blocked, are there other key factors to playing well defensively and does excelling in these two categories mean a team is destined for success?

December 9, 2009

Illegal Curve: Blocked Shots and Standings Points

by Richard Pollock

Is there a correlation between blocked shots and points in the standings, and is the importance of blocked shots overemphasized?

December 2, 2009

Illegal Curve: Shots Against and Team Success

by Richard Pollock

Is there a correlation between shots against and winning, and why does the team residing in the Gateway to the West consistently defy this trend?

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