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May 31, 2016
by Bill West


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Stanley Cup Game 1 Data Dump

Here’s the first installment of what I hope/plan to do for every game in the Stanley Cup Final. I won’t waste your time with many words. Just Fancy Stat charts and brief thoughts on said charts, for people who like that sort …

May 30, 2016
by Bill West


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Stanley Cup predictions and projections

There are a lot of smart people with opinions about the Stanley Cup Final and how it might play out. Some rely purely on their eyes and instincts, and maybe even their NHL playing experience. Others are inclined to trust not only what …

May 28, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Quotes, Sharks and the Missing Link

Some odds and ends from today’s practice in Cranberry. — Bryan Rust on his newfound celebrity: “Definitely more people are noticing me, that’s for sure. It’s obviously a really great feeling, but I think the feeling of going to the Stanley …

May 27, 2016
by Bill West


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ECF Game 7 GIF-cap

It’s pretty late, so I’m going to slack off and just deliver the GIFs. Enjoy! Meet two of the smarter coaches in the NHL. It was a pleasure to watch them over the course of seven games. this went on …

May 27, 2016
by Bill West


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Game 7 as Sullivan saw it

Friday's cover: #Pens earn the right to play for the #StanleyCup; @BombulieTrib's story >> https://t.co/tRlg0TMkDu pic.twitter.com/eg77a8MLaz — PittsburghTribSports (@TribSports) May 27, 2016 Even Penguins coach Mike Sullivan found the emergence of Bryan Rust as the hero of Game 7 remarkable …

May 26, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 7 Tampa Bay pregame

The beauty of a Game 7 is its randomness. Just ask Max Talbot. A cottage industry has sprung up analyzing hockey stats and trends, and a lot of those concepts have been discussed here at length over the course of the …

May 25, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Rest as a Weapon

The Penguins have had a good bit of success in recent days using rest as a weapon. Olli Maatta sat out three games after a string of poor play. Since returning, he has three assists and is a plus-3 in …

May 25, 2016
by Bill West


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ECF Game 6 GIF-cap

These last few games between the Penguins and Lightning have provided almost too many moments to sufficiently cover with a GIF recap. But here’s a modest effort on my part to revisit the highs and lows of Tuesday’s 5-2 win …

May 25, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 6 Tampa Bay postgame

When analyzing the numbers from the first six games of the Eastern Conference finals, colleague Bill West came to a conclusion. For the Penguins to win, just having an edge in possession hasn’t been enough. If the Penguins only out-possess Tampa …

May 24, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 6 Tampa Bay postgame

Have you wondered what captain Sidney Crosby’s words to his teammates will be before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight? I think his comments after morning skate provided a clue. “We all know the circumstances. We just gotta …

 
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