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The craze over Expected Goals (or xG) in hockey analytics is one that close followers of the movement likely haven’t seen since tracking Corsi first became popular years ago. For those that are only generally aware of the calculation of expected goals, it is a formula that attempts to account for the goal expectancy of […]

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Despite the fact that he will only be turning 45 in February 2017, there have been questions as to whether Jaromir Jagr will continue to produce for a surging Florida Panthers team this coming NHL season. Sarcasm aside, the realization that a player as great as Jagr could ever decline is a strange one for […]

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Those that read my work consistently might remember a piece that came out about a year ago where I predicted breakout seasons for Aleksander Barkov and Tomas Hertl. Barkov nearly doubled his previous career-high in goals by scoring 28, while Hertl stayed healthy long enough to record career highs in goals (21) and points (46). […]

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The Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils pulled off one of the biggest and most surprising trades in recent sports history last week when the Oilers swapped star winger Taylor Hall for the young defenseman Adam Larsson. #NHLTrade: Taylor Hall traded by @EdmontonOilers to @NJDevils for Adam Larsson. pic.twitter.com/9KwZopO5Ng — NHL (@NHL) June 29, 2016 […]

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The 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs have certainly delivered upon the hype they receive from fans of the NHL each spring. Not only did the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks finally overcome their first round playoff demons in advancing to the Western Conference Finals, but the Tampa Lightning have managed to return to the […]

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Wednesday night’s Game 7 between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues looked as if it had all the elements of a classic playoff showdown. The two Central Division rivals had split the first six games of the series in exciting fashion, leading to this crucial junction that would determine which team advances to the […]

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Even though fall brings all of the excitement of football, playoff baseball, and the start of the NHL/NBA, I still think that spring is the most exciting time to be a sports fan. After this year’s thrilling finish to March Madness, both the NBA and NHL playoffs are now set to start in short order, and both should […]

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The Florida Panthers have been one of the biggest stories during the first half of the 2015-16 NHL season. General Manager Dale Tallon made an effort in recent years to surround his core of young talent with aging stars like Jaromir Jagr and Roberto Luongo to provide some stability while his top picks develop. And the […]

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With NHL teams growing more reluctant to let their top young talent reach free agency, huge free agent signings are becoming less frequent every summer. That trend is likely to change in 2016 though, as Steven Stamkos, Anze Kopitar, and Eric Staal are all still without contracts, while Stamkos and Staal in particular are expected […]

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After the last week of moves from the Chicago Cubs, there’s little doubt as to which team has won the MLB off-season so far. Adding John Lackey, Ben Zobrist, Adam Warren, and now Jason Heyward to a core that many had already considered to be among the best in all of baseball appears to make […]

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Remember when the Chicago Bears traded Jon Bostic and Jared Allen three weeks into the season and everyone thought the team was going to pack it in and play for the first overall pick? Well those days are over for John Fox and his suddenly swagger-filled squad of NFL cast-offs and youngsters. Not only did this […]

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The NHL regular season is always difficult to predict. Each season brings with it a unique set of surprises and disappointments that no one can ever fully anticipate. This season has continued that legacy with one of the most volatile starts to a season in memory; contenders have become lottery teams and a new generation […]

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It goes without saying that the sports industry is as cutthroat and competitive as any. Teams have been known to sacrifice integrity, money, and reputation if they think it will give them a better chance of winning in the future, and ‘tanking’ has even become a popular strategy amongst management groups across the four major […]

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Since starting the season 0-2 with back-to-back losses to the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, the Indianapolis Colts have won three straight games against the Titans, Jaguars, and Texans. Those three wins have given the Colts a 3-2 record and made many forget about their worrisome season openers. Lost in all of this though, […]

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It might be impossible for me to describe just how excited I am for the return of the NHL this week. While every new season offers its own unique set of story lines that generate intrigue for fans and players alike, this season will be particularly interesting for a number of reasons. The league is […]

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