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By Robert Vollman, ESPN Insider
April 22, 2015
 
On the final game of the regular season, the New York Islanders needed a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets to secure home-ice advantage against the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. The Isles were poised for their first home seed since 1987-88 when back-to-back Columbus shootout goals cost them the additional point they needed. So how big of an advantage slipped away when Cam Atkinson beat Jaroslav Halak for the shootout winner?
 
By Robert Vollman, ESPN Insider
April 15, 2015
 
Last season, Colorado, Tampa Bay and Anaheim were among the teams that most notably defied preseason expectations. The Lightning were swept in the opening round of the playoffs, the Avalanche bowed out in a tough, seven-game series with Minnesota, and the Ducks advanced to a thrilling conference semifinal in which they took the eventual Stanley Cup-winning Los Angeles Kings to the limit. Who are the Cinderella stories this season, and can they get any closer to the glass slipper?
 
By Robert Vollman, ESPN Insider
April 8, 2015
 
The playoffs are a brand new season, with far greater speed and intensity than the games played throughout the regular 82-game schedule. Competition is stiffer, everyone is working harder, and there is a greater willingness to sacrifice body and mind, according to the players themselves.
 
By Robert Vollman, ESPN Insider
April 1, 2015
 
The Pittsburgh Penguins finished out the 2008-09 season red hot on the way to their third Stanley Cup, and in the finals they met the mighty Detroit Red Wings, who had finished the regular season absolutely stone cold. We frequently hear players, coaches, and experts preach the importance of the final 10 games of the season, but to what extent does an objective look at history validate that conventional wisdom?
 
By Robert Vollman, ESPN Insider
March 25, 2015
 
The parity of the salary-cap era makes first-round blowouts far less common than they used to be. Since the new CBA was first introduced in 2005, only nine of the 72 first-round series have ended in four-game sweeps, and there were only 16 teams that were dispatched in five. Looking ahead, are there any potentially lopsided matchups coming up this spring?
 

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By Robert Vollman, ESPN Insider
February 17, 2011
 
What can be learned from the NHL's vast history that can help reduce the chances of lopsided deals? Using GVT we can compare players of all types, and across all different eras, helping us find the five most lopsided deals of the post-expansion era. Find out in this record-setting ESPN Insider exclusive.
 
By Robert Vollman, Hockey Prospectus
January 9, 2013
 
A great use of statistical hockey analysis is to find underrated players, like Colorados Ryan OReilly. While a certain portion of his undeniable talent can obviously be picked up by simply watching him play, the full extent of his highly-disciplined defensive talent and possession-driving playmaking abilities can be more fully grasped when studying the underlying numbers.
 
By Robert Vollman, ESPN Insider
July 7, 2011
 
It's been a busy summer for many teams. The Philadelphia Flyers underwent a major overhaul, shipping off Jeff Carter and Mike Richards to make room for Ilya Bryzgalov and Jaromir Jagr. The Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks traded stars -- Martin Havlat for Dany Heatley -- and the New York Rangers won the Brad Richards sweepstakes. These teams all have one more thing in common: None of them made the biggest overall impact this summer.
 
By Robert Vollman
March 1, 2011
 
While discussing Dustin Byfugliens contract recently, a question from fat_daddyo came up about how to measure GVT (and by extension marginal wins) against salary/cap hit and see if a particular player is playing up to their contract. My initial response was to use GVS: Goals Versus Salary.
 
Robert Vollman, Hockey Prospectus 
May 17, 2010
 
What save percentage constituted a Quality Start this past season, who led the league in Quality Start Percentage, why Jaroslav Halak is one of the most improved netminders this year, how did Vesa Toskala perform even worse in 2009-10 than in the previous season, why Carey Price and Tim Thomas should feel upset about the offenses of the Canadiens and Bruins, and why Antti Niemi and Pekka Rinne should be thankful for the way the Blackhawks and Predators offenses played with them in net this season.
 
Robert Vollman, Hockey Prospectus 
October 21, 2011
 
To get a sense of how many points a player will score when moving from the AHL to the NHL, everyone has generally used the 0.45 rule of thumb. Multiply their AHL scoring by that magic number and you can get a fairly accurate picture of how they will do in the NHL. Lately, we have been taking a deeper look at AHL-to-NHL translations, and seeing if we can improve on this simplistic approach.