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Behind The Numbers

Trade Deadline often offers skill-specific worth

Vanek, Grabner among 10 players whose statistics suggest additional value

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Secondary players sometimes produce the greatest returns at the NHL Trade Deadline. That has certainly been the case the past few seasons.

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Green worth in trade market comparable to Shattenkirk

Red Wings, former Blues defensemen have similar numbers in most offensive categories

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

For teams looking to add a defenseman before the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 26, Mike Green of the Detroit Red Wings has earned top consideration.

Green is drawing comparisons to Kevin Shattenkirk, the headliner of the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline class. Shattenkirk was acquired from the St. Louis Blues by the Washington Capitals on Feb. 27, 2017.

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Nash hot trade commodity because of versatility with Rangers

Numbers suggest he can be effective in many situations

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Every season a handful of trades are made in the days before the NHL Trade Deadline that have a significant impact on the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With the deadline approaching Feb. 26, a trade for New York Rangers forward Rick Nash could be one of them.

Nash was asked this week to submit the list of 12 teams to which he would be willing to accept a trade, a provision of his contract. The Rangers can work with any of the teams on that list to trade the 33-year-old, who is in the final year of an eight-year contract and scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

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Panarin remains offensive force for Blue Jackets

Statistics show forward compares favorably to peers after trade from Blackhawks

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets are right in the thick of the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the tough Metropolitan Division, and a key factor has been their only forward with more than 26 points, Artemi Panarin.

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Jagr's offensive production places him among greats in NHL history

Era-adjusted goals, longevity, playoff scoring stand out during 24-season career

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

With forward Jaromir Jagr being assigned by the Calgary Flames to Kladno in the Czech Republic on Monday and the 45-year-old forward possibly having played his final NHL game, it would mark the end of one of the longest and most productive careers in League history, with heights that no player may reach again.

According to the underlying numbers, Jagr is best known for being one of the most accomplished goal-scorers in history, his tremendous peak in the late 1990s, and his incredible longevity. Here are five interesting stats about his remarkable career.

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Avalanche capable of sustaining recent success

MacKinnon, Johnson can help Colorado continue to thrive following 10-game winning streak

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The Colorado Avalanche have climbed into the Stanley Cup Playoff race thanks to a 10-game winning streak that ended with a 4-2 loss at the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

During the streak, Colorado outscored its opponents 41-16, scored the first goal in each game and did not trail at any point in the first nine games; the Avalanche trailed for 1:34 against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 10th game.

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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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