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Analyzing top NHL Trade Deadline candidates

Brian Boyle of Lightning, Shane Doan of Coyotes could be on move before March 1

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 p.m. ET on March 1, and some prominent names have been circulating in the rumor mill, including forwards Brian Boyle of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes, Patrick Eaves of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Jaroslav Halak of the New York Islanders.

Over the past month, we dove into the underlying numbers to gain more insight into a dozen other players rumored to be available before the trade deadline. This week, we use similar statistics to get a better understanding of this next batch of players who potentially could be changing jerseys soon.

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Impact of Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine

Maple Leafs center has edge on Jets forward entering last head-to-head matchup

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets play at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN4, TSN3, NHL.TV), the final regular-season game between the teams.

It will be the last head-to-head matchup between rookies Auston Matthews of Toronto and Patrik Laine of Winnipeg, who were chosen No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Laine is leading the rookie scoring race with 52 points (28 goals, 24 assists) in 54 games. Matthews is second with 49 points (28 goals, 21 assists) in 58 games.

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Analyzing top NHL Trade Deadline candidates

Patrick Sharp of Stars, Radim Vrbata of Coyotes could be on move before March 1

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The NHL Trade Deadline is March 1, and some prominent names have been circulating in the rumor mill, including forwards Jarome Iginla of the Colorado Avalanche, Evander Kane of the Buffalo Sabres, Patrick Sharp of the Dallas Stars and Radim Vrbata of the Arizona Coyotes.

Each of these players would eat up a good chunk of salary-cap space, but based on their underlying numbers, they would add some combination of grit, experience, high shot volumes, and secondary scoring down the stretch.

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Analyzing top NHL Trade Deadline candidates

Martin Hanzal of Coyotes, Gabriel Landeskog of Avalanche could be moved before March 1

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The NHL Trade Deadline is March 1, and some prominent names have been circulating in the rumor mill, including Martin Hanzal of the Arizona Coyotes, Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche, Mike Ribeiro of the Nashville Predators and Thomas Vanek of the Detroit Red Wings.

Last week, we dove into the underlying numbers to gain more insight into Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Matt Duchene of the Avalanche, Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Kevin Shattenkirk of the St. Louis Blues.

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Analyzing top NHL Trade Deadline candidates

Matt Duchene of Avalanche, Marc-Andre Fleury of Penguins could be moved before March 1

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The 2017 NHL Trade Deadline is March 1, and some prominent names already have been mentioned in the rumor mill, including Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, and goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Here is a look at some underlying numbers for those players.

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Breaking down NHL scoring race

Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin each has some metrics in his favor

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The NHL scoring race this season could come down to a close finish among the leader, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, and his two closest pursuers, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

With more than two months remaining, there is always the possibility of someone rising up from among the 25 players who have scored 40 points so far, including Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns and the scoring leader last season, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane. 

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Bo Horvat key to Canucks' future

All-Star forward contributes to scoring, special teams, faceoffs, shootouts

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

There's a passing of the torch on the Vancouver Canucks, who will be represented at the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game by Bo Horvat instead of Daniel Sedin or Henrik Sedin.

Tremendous speed, versatility and persistence are among the attributes that have helped Horvat lead the Canucks in scoring with 30 points in 46 games and establish an identity as their strongest two-way center since Ryan Kesler.

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Matthew Tkachuk making case for Calder Trophy

Rookie's grit, puck-possession numbers helping Flames make playoff push

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The Phoenix Coyotes played their first game in 1996-97. Twenty years later, two players who grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, made their NHL debut: center Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs and forward Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames.

Goal scoring has helped Matthews establish himself as the favorite in the Calder Trophy race as the NHL's best rookie, but a closer look at the underlying numbers reveals Tkachuk deserves recognition for his equally impressive display of playmaking and gritty, possession-oriented hockey.

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Auston Matthews keeping pace with Alex Ovechkin

Scoring for Maple Leafs compares favorably to rookie season with Capitals

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

With 14 goals in the past 18 games, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has 20 this season, second among NHL rookies, one behind Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine in four fewer games.

At Matthews' current pace (0.54 goals per game), he could establish himself as the best NHL rookie goal-scorer since Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin in 2005-06.

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Top 5 skaters of 2016

Sidney Crosby of Penguins, Brent Burns of Sharks headline calendar-year all-star team

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

A total of 957 skaters played at least one NHL game during the 2016 calendar year, from which we have a selected a five-player all-star team. 

Diving deep into the numbers, each player's performance has been measured and compared statistically, including the 2016 portion of the 2015-16 season, the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (where applicable), and the first three months of 2016-17. Note: Goalies were covered last week.

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