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How Matthews compares to Ovechkin in second NHL season

Numbers suggest Maple Leafs center could be following career arc of Capitals forward

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

When the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals play in the 2018 Coors Light Stadium Series at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, on March 3 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, HNIC, TVA Sports, NHL.TV), Toronto center Auston Matthews and Washington left wing Alex Ovechkin will be in the spotlight.

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Golden Knights fueled by overachievers

Karlsson, Schmidt, Marchessault having surprising impact, statistics show

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

With a record of 14-1-1 in their past 16 games, the Vegas Golden Knights (29-10-2) have 60 points at the NHL season halfway point of 41 games.

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Potential breakout players for 2018

Skinner, Klefbom among those who appear primed to take next big step

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Predicting breakout players is an inexact science at best, but there are telltale signs that suggest potential candidates for bigger and better things.

During 2017, Josh Bailey and Anders Lee of the New York Islanders were among those who had breakout calendar years. Bailey was tied for ninth in the NHL with 82 points (20 goals, 62 assists) in 85 games, and Lee was tied for 21st with 73 points (44 goals, 29 assists) in 84 games as they parlayed strong finishes to the 2016-17 season into dominant starts to 2017-18.

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Bower made statistical mark as one of all-time greats

Numbers show Hockey Hall of Famer among top five goalies in NHL history

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Johnny Bower, one of the most dominant goalies in NHL history, died Tuesday.

Whether studying his overall numbers, the height of his peak, or the age at which he continued to play effectively, Bower has few equals.

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Year in Review: 17 numbers that helped define 2017

Grabner's empty-net goals, Holtby's wins among intriguing stats

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The time has come to take a look at the numbers that helped shape 2017.

In ascending order, here are 17 statistics calculated from Jan. 1 through Dec. 24, which includes part of the 2016-17 regular season, the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (when applicable), and the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

Note: In most cases, team rankings do not include the Vegas Golden Knights, who played their first regular-season game Oct. 6.

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Top-flight defense rarely rests for Predators

Return of Ellis will bolster group's effectiveness

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

A dominant collection of defensemen has fueled the rise of the Nashville Predators to the top of the Western Conference and a place among the leaders in the NHL.

The Predators, 15-3-2 in their past 20 games, have climbed into a first-place tie with St. Louis in the Central Division; each team has 46 points. The Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings, each in the Pacific Division, also have 46 points. The NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, in the Eastern Conference, has 50 points.

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Lundqvist takes place among goalies with 20,000 saves

Numbers show where Rangers veteran, 14 others rank

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves in the New York Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, bringing his career total to 20,023.

Lundqvist became the 15th goalie to make 20,000 saves since the data was officially kept, beginning with the 1955-56 season.

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Rookies boost Devils, not Bruins, in standings

Statistics show Hischier, Butcher, Bratt big part of New Jersey's success

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The Toronto Maple Leafs improved by 26 points in the standings from 2015-16 to 2016-17, due in large part to the contributions of rookies Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, William Nylander, Connor Brown, Nikita Zaitsev, Zach Hyman and others. Could the New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins or Los Angeles Kings receive a similar boost this season?

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Trade works for Devils, Ducks

Analytics show Vatanen can help New Jersey on power play, Henrique will add depth to Anaheim attack

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

When the Anaheim Ducks traded defenseman Sami Vatanen to the New Jersey Devils for forwards Adam Henrique and Joseph Blandisi on Thursday, it was a case of each team dealing from an area of strength to one of need.

The Ducks, who are strong at defenseman, needed forward help because of several injuries. The Devils, who have benefited from a group of young forwards, needed to bolster their defensemen.

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Six under-the-radar players worthy of All-Star Game consideration

Statistics suggest Flames left wing Tkachuk, Senators forward Stone among those contributing in unheralded areas

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The 2017-18 NHL season enters its third month Friday. Though several players have emerged as likely candidates to play in the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 28, a deeper dive into statistics helps identify some off-the-radar players who are worthy of consideration.

Even though the All-Star Game format has been a 3-on-3 tournament since 2016, the following lineup is built in the traditional six-player fashion. It is not intended to be the six best players by position, but rather those who are performing in ways that aren't often publicized. it includes the League's statistical leaders in unheralded areas, like drawing penalties, driving possession and playing tough minutes.

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