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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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First-quarter numbers paint interesting picture

Increase in League scoring, decrease in Crosby output among trends

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

With the season having reached its quarter mark Tuesday, it is interesting to look at what the numbers tell us about what has happened across the first six weeks of the season. Here are five rather interesting statistics at the individual, team and League levels.

 

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Why Kucherov could score 65 goals for Lightning

Statistics suggest forward can match Ovechkin's 2007-08 total, which no player has reached since

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning has Alex Ovechkin's 65-goal season in his sights.

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Golden Knights leaders of expansion pack

Among teams joining NHL since 1991, Vegas' metrics shine brightest

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The Vegas Golden Knights are off to the best start in their inaugural season, statistically, of any NHL expansion team since 1991-92, when the San Jose Sharks joined the League.

After 15 games, the Golden Knights' results in most statistical categories are superior to the nine teams that joined the NHL from 1991-2000. That includes the Sharks, Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning (1992-93); Florida Panthers and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993-94); Nashville Predators (1998-99); Atlanta Thrashers (1999-2000; became Winnipeg Jets in 2011-12); and Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild (2000-01).

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Edge Duchene delivers could be boon for Senators

Center has better discipline, face-off statistics than Turris

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The statistical differences between forwards Matt Duchene and Kyle Turris are not dramatic, but they could become telling.

The differences that favor of Duchene could pay dividends for the Ottawa Senators, who acquired him as part of a three-way trade with the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators on Sunday. Turris went to the Predators as part of the trade.

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Turnaround for red-hot Kings has four root causes

Effect of Stevens, improvement of Brown, Quick among reasons

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The Los Angeles Kings are off to the best start in their history (9-2-1) and are No. 3 in the NHL with 19 points. It's seven more than they had at this point last season (6-6-0), when they missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs by eight points.

The key to the Kings' early success is their strong defensive play. They lead the NHL with an average of 2.00 goals allowed per game and with a penalty kill of 93.0 percent.

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Stamkos, Kucherov entering discussion for best forward pair in NHL

Lightning duo has combined for 37 points through first 10 games of season

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Forwards Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning have combined for 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) through 10 games. That's the best 10-game start to a season by teammates since 1995-96, when Eric Lindros and John LeClair of the Philadelphia Flyers combined for 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists).

How do Stamkos and Kucherov stack up with the two highest-scoring forwards on other teams?

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Versatility, productivity make Marleau prized possession

Maple Leafs forward has used durability to amass enviable numbers across 1,500 games

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

One of the most underrated players in the NHL is Toronto Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau, who became the 18th player in League history to reach 1,500 games when he played in a 6-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

Unlike the other 17 players to reach this milestone, Marleau, 38, has never been recognized with any League-wide individual award, been voted a First- or Second-Team All-Star, or finished a season in the top 10 in scoring. Instead, Marleau managed to reach the milestone because of three important, underrated qualities: durability, consistency and versatility.

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