NHL First Round Playoff Preview: Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers

Pat Keogh
April 11 2017 09:00AM


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This is part of a playoff preview series based at  NHLNumbers.com  

It feels strange to say, but the New York Rangers landed in a best case scenario of sorts drawing the Montreal Canadiens for the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with many of Blueshirt faithful eager to avoid either the Penguins or the Caps. Likewise, the Canadiens probably feel good about matching up against the Rangers, hoping to take advantage of the latter’s lacklustre defence. It’s a rematch of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals that saw the Rangers go to the Cup Finals, so depending on your persuasion you’re either hoping for a repeat of last time or revenge.

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NHLN Power Rankings: Apr. 10, 2017

Scott Maxwell
April 10 2017 04:59PM

It's time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings. I'll look at the five best and worst NHL teams thus far in the season, as well as the three best and worst players in the last week.

Note: All use of Corsi For and Expected Goals For are Score and Venue Adjusted, and at even strength. All stats come from Corsica Hockey, and NHL.com (don't worry, it's only the standings).

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Stat of the Union: A goaltending roundtable

Adam Laskaris
April 10 2017 09:27AM

With a few off days before the NHL playoffs start, we thought we'd give you a moment to check out the latest edition of Stat of the Union: an NHL analytics roundtable. Today, we're bringing in five of the best goalie enthusiasts out there to give you their takes, hot or not, on the current state of affairs with the last line of defence in today's NHL. On today's panel:

Cat Silverman (CS) 

I work for InGoal Magazine and FanRag Sports covering hockey with a specialty in goaltending. I used to coach with the Arizona Coyotes youth development program, before having my daughter this past September.

Ian Fleming (IF)

I am a writer for NHLNumbers.com and Hockey-Graphs.com with a focus on the statistical evaluation of goaltenders, a business analyst for an international, tech-centric legal services provider, and a former goaltender.

Emmanuel Perry (MP)

Creator of Corsica.Hockey and analyst for WinnersView.

Greg Balloch (GB)

Hey, I'm Greg Balloch! I am a writer for InGoal Magazine based out of Vancouver, BC. I also work as a private goaltending instructor, and with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL as their video coach and goaltending consultant. I originally grew up in Hamilton, Ontario (where I played), but moved to BC in 2011 to cover the Vancouver Canucks for one of the local radio stations. I'm 26 years old, and spend most of my day on Twitter attempting to explain why goalies do what they do.

Nick Mercandte (NM)

I am an attorney and analyst/consultant. I have over 30 years of experience playing goalie and coaching goaltenders. I currently write for Hockey Graphs and have written in various other places in the past.

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The Nation Notebook: Ruff goes, Sheahan scores, and Playoff Matchups

Christian Pagnani
April 10 2017 07:00AM


The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article. 

The Stars part ways with Lindy Ruff. Riley Sheahan ends his goal drought. The playoff format is set, and Vancouver finishes strong.

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Saturday Seven: Hockey All Over the World

Curtis LeBlanc
April 08 2017 04:06PM

The next time we publish the Saturday Seven, playoff hockey will be underway. For now, we'll have settle for the slow trickle of NHL news—warm takes at best—as the regular season wraps up this weekend.

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