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The future of a first round playoff defeat

With the Colorado Avalanche being recently eliminated from the playoffs, the focus turns to looking at what went wrong and whether the Avs can consolidate and improve on their performance this year.

Fancy Stats Crowd Happy With O'Reilly Signing


Puck Prospectus use fancy stats to break down the O'Reilly situation - concluding that the Avs likely made the right decision. Also interesting is the comments of scouts and players regarding O'Reilly - especially Chris Stewart's (absurd)comment that O'Reilly is our best player.

More O'Reilly Talk...


Puck Prospectus offers its stats-heavy take on Radar's value, in particular focussing on how repeatable his breakout season last year is.

McGinn has filed for arbitration


According to the NHLPA website, McGinn has filed for salary arbitration. This indicates that McGinn is seeking more than is QO of $680,000 after his breakout season.


The Myth of Steve Downie, the bad penalty taker

In the immediate aftermath of the Downie trade there was a substantial amount of chatter about how Downie was prone to taking bad penalties. This comment by Jibblescribbits in the aftermath of the...

Landy as Calder Frontrunner


More press for Landeskog as the new Calder frontrunner. Also, the article floats the idea of Landeskog being on people's Selke ballots.

Duchene & Quincey amongst Penalty Plus/Minus Leaders


The Good News: Duchene currently has the 5th best Penalty Plus/Minus in the NHL. The Bad News: Quincey has the worst Penalty Plus/Minus in the NHL.

Statistics suggest Avs are Unlucky


Puck Prospectus has an article up evaluating the underlying numbers of lucky teams (e.g. the Wild and Oilers) and unlucky teams (e.g. the Avs and Canucks) It appears Corsi is on our side this year.


How Does Our Johnson Compare to Other Johnsons?

Following on from MHH's stellar Johnson coverage and ongoing questions concerning how good he is going to be, I decided to take a different approach to evaluating Erik Johnson. Namely, by literally...


Goalies are Expensive.

Following up from MHH's collective commentary on the Varlamov trade and what that says about the Avs front-office, our future and a number of other perspectives - I decided to look at other trades...


Sherman's Got Trading Problems

It obvious that the Avs have been extremely active in the trade market in the last year or so - from the Avs finally giving up on TJ Hensick, to the Avs recent trade of John-Michael Liles to...

Gaunce brings the laughs at the OHL Awards Bubs here: Fanboy front page time!


Gaunce brings the laughs at the OHL Awards Bubs here: Fanboy front page time!

Puck Prospectus on the Top 100 Draft Prospects


Two of the guys the Avs collectively have man crushes on are not given the best report cards - Landeskog is considered to be the 13th best draft prospect and Siemens is at #62 (!). The order at the top is RNH, Couturier, Strome, Huberdeau with a gap to Larsson and Murphy.

Joey Hishon Injured in Owen Sound Memorial Cup win


Joey Hishon copped an elbow to the head from Kootenay Ice's Brayden McNabb in the 3rd period of Owen Sound Attack's 5-0 win. He did not play the remainder of the match and his status for Owen Sound's next game against Huberdeau and the St John Sea Dogs is questionable. Various opinions of players and coaches can be found here. EDITOR'S UPDATE: According to the Attack website: nothing is seriously wrong with Joey, but he did take a good crack. We’ll see what the next day brings and by that time we should know a little more. Stick tap to the White Guy for the link.

How good is Larsson: Comparing Larsson to Hedman


How good is Larsson. Unsurprisingly, the answer is very good.

Breaking down Huberdeau and Couturier's stats by Quality of Opposition


Over at In Lou We Trust - they have put together an article which breaks down the performance of Huberdeau and Couturier by team and quality of competition (much like Zandar has been proposing to do). Surprisingly Couturier (1.86 PPG, +13) comes out substantially in front of Huberdeau (1.11 PPG, +2) against top competition.

Thoughts on Landeskog, Comparing Huberdeau and Strome


More wood for the fire on whom the Avs should pick.


Rating Teenagers: A Situational Breakdown of the Top Forward Draft Prospects

When considering who the Avs should draft in the 2011 draft, it is worthwhile looking at how the top draft prospects perform in certain situations. To do this I taken 6 forwards which are...


Tank for the Predict and Win Contest

Just to wallow in the Avs hugely successful tanking campaign - I figured I would go back and look at the MHH community's wide-eyed optimism concerning the Predict and Win Contest set up earlier...

Zenon gets his props


Copper & Blue with a breakdown of faceoff performance has nice things to say about Zenon


Looking at the Avs performance in Close Games

As this is the time of year where the Avs keep from giving - I figured a look at the performance of the Avs when the game was close is warranted. This gives us some idea of who scores the important...

Kabanov, Petrov and Ranking the Russians


Plenty of positive things are said about both Kabanov and Petrov. On Petrov: "I think he can win a spot with the Islanders right away"

A Stats Machine Likes Pickard and Hishon.


Puck Prospectus using their statistical formulae rates Pickard as a possible goalie with a 'Martin Brodeur' like career and the best prospect in the draft (!). Also, Joe(y) Hishon is ranked 12th by their system. More reasons for positivity...

The Avalanche and Shot Quality


"When you take shot quality into account, suddenly the Avalanche look like an average team, rather than the insanely lucky pretenders" Anti-Corsi articles FTW!


Why playing under .500 hockey post-Olympics is good for the Avs.

Most Avs fans may have thought that going 8-9-1 post-Olympics was pretty bad, especially when there was the chance that Calgary would take the 8 seed. In particular, the lack of any wins in...


Ferris Mueller and the Powerplay - Myths, Stats and Reality.

Has Mueller helped the powerplay? Yes. But, how much?   Now...this article is intended as a companion piece for Beachie's Mueller/Porter-Wolski trade analysis after 11 games. Comparing the 11 games...

Streit to Colorado


With Colorado's depth in D prospect, this is almost a move that would make sense (to the Isles at least). Whether Streit should be surrendered is another question...


The Isles in the 3rd - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Islanders' third-period scoring woes are reflective of what ails them: When they score in the 3rd, they have a fighting chance. When they don't, the record is ugly.

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