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Philadelphia Flyers key statistics

Giroux's ability in faceoff circle, Gostisbehere's workload on power play critical to success

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Ottawa Senators key statistics

Karlsson far from liability on defense; Borowiecki most prolific hitter in NHL

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Ottawa Senators.

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New Jersey Devils key statistics

Goal support for Schneider, shootout struggles among areas that need improvement

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the New Jersey Devils.

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Statistics reveal players with breakout potential

Kane, Rieder, Ceci among those who should improve this season

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

After scoring 41, 39 and 44 points in the three prior seasons, forward Mikael Granlund led with the Minnesota Wild with an NHL career high of 69 points (23 goals, 43 assists) in 81 games last season. Using an example like this as a template, can underlying numbers identify who might be next for a breakout season?

Some of the indicators are obvious, like joining a new team, getting a new coach, being paired with a talented new linemate, and being in that ideal 23-25 age range. However, some require a deeper dive, like an unusually low on-ice shooting percentage and power-play opportunities relative to shot volumes and even-strength scoring rates.

Based on metrics like these, here are five players who might break out this season:

 

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Nashville Predators key statistics

Johansen's faceoff ability drives offense; defense makes up for subpar goaltending

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Nashville Predators.

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Montreal Canadiens key statistics

Price's play in goal makes him worthy of long-term extension

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Montreal Canadiens.

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Minnesota Wild key statistics

Dubnyk, Niederreiter's consistency vital to another playoff appearance

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Minnesota Wild.

 

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Los Angeles Kings key statistics

Possession numbers area of strength; Doughty counted on for difficult minutes

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Los Angeles Kings.

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Florida Panthers key statistics

Ability to replace lost scoring, maintain penalty kill crucial to success

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Florida Panthers.

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Edmonton Oilers key statistics

McDavid best in NHL at drawing penalties, Jokinen could be top bargain of free agency

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Edmonton Oilers.

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