Ben Smith, and the Value of Penalty Kill Faceoffs

Ryan Hobart
November 12 2016 09:13AM

The Maple Leafs are currently faced with a problem we knew they would have from the start of the season: they just have too many forwards. If you had told me they'd claim two more on waivers to add to that mix, I would have said you were crazy, but here we are with Ben Smith and Seth Griffith added into the mix.

The Leafs chose to re-waive Seth Griffith, and I'm not going to get into why that itself was dumb. Instead, I want to focus on the addition of Ben Smith, and investigate what kind of effect he is having.

I have a two-part disclaimer for this post. First, if you don't like math at all, you probably won't enjoy this piece. Second, I am doing that thing where I already have a conclusion in my mind before I analyze the math, which is bad form, so I apologize for that.

Are you ready to dig into it?

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Dispatches From the Waiver Wire: Seth Griffith, Jakub Nakladal & Someone Else

J.D. Burke
November 11 2016 04:29PM

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It's Remembrance Day, sure, but that hasn't stopped NHL executives from trimming fat from the outside of their rosters.

According to Renaud Lavoie, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes placed a player apiece on the waiver wire.

As the title alludes, there are two players among the three worthy of consideration. One more so than the other, too. Let's unpack what each brings and why the Canucks would be wise to place a claim on either.

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The Flames' results in all game situations have been a mixed bag

Ryan Pike
November 11 2016 02:32PM

The Calgary Flames' play at even strength and on their special teams has really been a tale of two teams so far this season.

At even strength, the Flames appear to be fairly decent in the aggregate. Collectively the team has barely been outscored at even strength (29-28), which is actually pretty impressive for a team that's 5-9-1. However, the Flames' special teams units have been outscored 18-7 by the opposition (between power play and shorthanded goals). That's not good, and a huge contributing factor to the team's bad start.

Let's dig into the specifics of just how woeful the Flames have been at special teams and how often it's spoiled their even strength play.

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By The Numbers: With Trouba returning, who hits the pressbox and who stays?

Garret Hohl
November 11 2016 09:35AM

The Jets and Trouba reunite soon and everything feels just right.

Everything is as it should be, except with the Jets carrying eight defenders they will need to select two for the pressbox.

It won't be any of Myers, Dustin Byfuglien, or Toby Enstrom. And with the emergence of Morrissey, it won't be him either. This leaves three options between Paul Postma, Mark Stuart, and Ben Chiarot.

Who sticks around and who stays? What do the number say?

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
November 11 2016 05:00AM

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Breaking down the brawl in the Canucks Leafs game, how did Kadri escape suspension, Canucks need to score, Trouba finally signs, Flames prospect updates, Oilers are legit, Gretzky talks McDavid, early 2017 draft rankings, interview with former Canadiens stats guy, lots of fights and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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