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Behind The Numbers

Capitals have edge in Cup Final with power play, Holtby's hot hand

Underlying numbers suggest high shot volume, experience may tip scales against Golden Knights

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

For the Washington Capitals to win the first Stanley Cup championship in their 43-season history, they will rely on the power play, Braden Holtby's goaltending, high shot volumes from forward Alex Ovechkin and center Evgeny Kuznetsov, and defenseman Brooks Orpik's experience in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Let's examine the underlying numbers behind each of these requirements. Game 1 of the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights is at T-Mobile Arena on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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Golden Knights need Fleury, defensive commitment to win Stanley Cup

Underlying numbers suggest goaltender, strong play in own zone keys to defeating Capitals in Final

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

For the Vegas Golden Knights to defeat the Washington Capitals and win the Stanley Cup to put the exclamation mark on their inaugural season, they will need continued elite goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury, strong defensive play, good discipline, and some additional secondary scoring.

Let's examine the underlying numbers behind each of these requirements. Game 1 of the best-of-7 series is at Vegas on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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Fleury posting all-time playoff numbers for Golden Knights

Vegas goaltender producing near level of past Conn Smythe Trophy winners

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Marc-Andre Fleury has been a key reason the Vegas Golden Knights advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, putting together one of the greatest goaltending performances in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Hossa among top goal-scorers of expansion era, statistics show

Blackhawks forward, ending his playing career, was consistent threat

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks has played his final game after 19 NHL seasons, he told Slovak newspaper Novy Cas. 

According to the underlying numbers, the 39-year-old forward was one of the 20 most accomplished goal-scorers in the NHL expansion era (since the 1967-68 season), in the regular season and in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He was known for his consistency and defense and had strong shot-based metrics.

Here is a look at five key elements of Hossa's game:

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5 matchups that could decide Golden Knights-Jets winner

Performance of top lines likely to determine victor in Western Conference Final

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

One key matchup could make the difference in the Western Conference Final between the Vegas Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets, which begins with Game 1 at Bell MTS Place on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS).

Here are the underlying numbers behind five pivotal areas that might decide which team will advance to the Stanley Cup Final:

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Five key matchups for Lightning vs. Capitals in Eastern Conference Final

Tampa Bay forward Kucherov could hold edge against Washington defenseman Niskanen

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

There are five key matchups that could decide the Eastern Conference Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals, beginning with Game 1 at Amalie Arena on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

The underlying numbers can help reveal which team has the edge in each one.

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Crosby enjoying best career start to playoffs for Penguins

Twenty points are most he's had through first 11 postseason games

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Sidney Crosby is on pace for the best performance of his career in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Crosby scored one goal in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 6-3 loss to Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Saturday, giving him 20 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 11 postseason games. He's one point behind teammate Jake Guentzel (10 goals, 11 assists) for the NHL lead entering Game 6 against the Capitals at PPG Paints Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS). A loss will eliminate the Penguins and end their hopes of winning the Stanley Cup for the third straight time.

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Hidden gems unearthed by analytics for remaining playoff teams

Deeper numbers shine light on undervalued players who contribute to success

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

One of the key elements of success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is having the right mix of unheralded players who will block shots, draw penalties, win face-offs and do everything else that's required to buttress the stars and help their team advance.

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Five key matchups for Lightning vs. Bruins in second round

Scoring by Kucherov, Marchand could decide Eastern series, statistics show

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins will play in the Eastern Conference Second Round, with Game 1 at Amalie Arena on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVAS).

Here are five key matchups that could decide the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series:

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Five key matchups for Capitals vs. Penguins in second round

Niskanen's ability to contain Crosby among big factors, statistics show

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The Washington Capitals will play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Second Round for the third consecutive season. Game 1 is at Capital One Arena in Washington on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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