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Subban top-pair defenseman Devils needed

Numbers show positives outweigh negatives in trade with Predators

by Scott Cullen / Special to NHL.com

The New Jersey Devils remain in the spotlight following the 2019 NHL Draft not only because they selected Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick, but they also made the biggest trade of the weekend, acquiring defenseman P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators.

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Kucherov, Giordano, Pettersson have cases for NHL awards, statistics show

Underlying numbers provide different lens to evaluate player performance

by Scott Cullen / NHL.com Correspondent

Nikita Kucherov, Mark Giordano and Elias Pettersson are among the picks for the Behind the Numbers 2018-19 NHL awards.

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Blues defensemen providing advantage against Bruins in Cup Final

Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester driving possession for St. Louis, Boston hurting without Chara, Grzelcyk

by Scott Cullen / NHL.com Correspondent

Defensemen have played a critical role in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues. With the best-of-7 series tied heading into Game 5 at TD Garden on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA), that trend, if it holds true, should bode well for St. Louis.

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Schwartz, Bergeron among best playoff performers

Tarasenko, Klingberg, Makar, Rask also have thrived, statistics show

by Scott Cullen / NHL.com Correspondent

Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko have been outstanding in helping the St. Louis Blues reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970.

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Blues must neutralize Bruins on special teams in Stanley Cup Final

Numbers show St. Louis on par at even strength, Boston has edge on power play, penalty kill

by Scott Cullen / NHL.com Correspondent

The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues meet in the Stanley Cup Final, a series that figures to be competitive because each team has been similarly successful at even strength.

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Bruins depth key to reaching Stanley Cup Final

Big contributions have come from Coyle, Johansson, Backes, Grzelcyk, Clifton

by Scott Cullen / NHL.com Correspondent

The Boston Bruins will play in the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in the past nine seasons, and as much as they lean on their stars and have received great goaltending from Tuukka Rask, they wouldn't have gotten this far if not for strong performances from their supporting cast.

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Jones' turnaround key in helping Sharks close in on trip to Cup Final

Goalie's improved 5-on-5 play big part of San Jose taking 2-1 lead against Blues

by Scott Cullen / Special to NHL.com

The San Jose Sharks are two wins from reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in the past four seasons, and a big part of that has been the play of goalie Martin Jones.

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Hurricanes' playoff success no surprise to analytics community

Underlying numbers prove Carolina's prowess in controlling shot attempts

by Scott Cullen / NHL.com Correspondent

The Carolina Hurricanes may seem like a Cinderella story in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the analytics community has not been taken by surprise.

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Slavin, Hintz among playoff overachievers in first two rounds

Underlying numbers show teams getting production from unexpected sources

by Scott Cullen / NHL.com Correspondent

The Stanley Cup Playoffs provide a stage where players can tell new stories or significantly modify already established plot lines, littered with those unexpectedly stepping into the white-hot spotlight.

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Blue Jackets' reliance on discipline among second-round factors to watch

Hurricanes must keep shooting; Stars getting better scoring chances

by Scott Cullen / NHL.com Correspondent

If anything was learned from the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it is that anything can happen.

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