Top to Bottom — Trade Deadline Edition: Central Division

Cam Lewis
February 16 2017 07:00AM

This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner. 

The decline of both the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars coupled with the Chicago Blackhawks likely being trigger shy due to multiple years of buying at the deadline has given the Minnesota Wild a perfect opportunity to thrust themselves to the top of the Central Division standings. Their biggest competition has been the underachieving Nashville Predators, who are one piece away from being a legitimate contender. And that piece could be held by the worst team in the division, the Colorado Avalanche. 

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Red Wings Post-Game: Singin' the Blues

Nick Seguin
February 15 2017 08:38PM

After a beautiful tribute to their late owner, the Red Wings looked to end their three game losing streak against the visiting St. Louis Blues. Every game is important to the Wings right now as they try to claw their way out of the basement of the Eastern Conference. Tonight, they crumbled under the pressure and gave up another two points. Let’s see how it all went down.

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Nyquist suspended for six games

Zach Laing
February 15 2017 03:20PM

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Gustav Nyquist will sit for six games for his spear to Minnesota Wild's Jared Spurgeon 

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Brock Seguin
February 15 2017 10:41AM

The Red Wings will face the Blues on the same day as Mike Ilitch’s visitation. Their morning skate was cancelled as they attend the visitation at the Fox Theatre. Terrible circumstances to play under. 

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Protecting the Blue Line and Driving Break-outs: Testing Repeatability and Goal-Impact of Controlled Exits & Entries Against

Andrew Kerison [OriginalSixAnalytics]
February 15 2017 10:08AM

This article is being co-posted on NHLNumbers as well as on my own site, . Find me @OrgSixAnalytics on twitter. If you are able, please provide some support to public data providers Corey Sznajder (@ShutDownLine), Corsica and Puckalytics

Every team in the NHL is constantly striving to find market inefficiencies to capitalize on towards the goal of creating value and ultimately winning games. Whether done by finding undervalued assets or developing a set of sustained competitive advantages – every team should always have these concepts in mind. 

The analytics community has widely acknowledged we are not as good at evaluating defensemen as we are at evaluating forwards - in part due to having fewer effective metrics available. As a result, a number of people have spent time trying to expand our knowledge in this area - as any new development would be sure to present a strong market opportunity to capitalize on. 

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