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Mike Yeo, time on ice, and using the right players

One of the biggest complaints from Mike Yeo's detractors was that he valued the wrong factors of play when deciding on ice time. It's a solid claim, and it's one that deserves a closer examination. I use six years of NHL game statistics and modeling techniques to identify the traits Mike Yeo valued most and find out who got more than their fair share of ice time and who got the short end of the straw.

What's wrong (and what's very right) with Nino?

The Swiss forward's scoring slump has overshadowed areas of his game where he's excelled.

The Wild are drowning in defensive responsibility

The Wild have been a much more passive club in the past two months than they were to start the season.

With Two Players Out, Wild Face Tough Test

With Justin Fontaine and Tyler Graovac out for extended periods of time, the Wild's depth and defensive structure are about to get much-needed tests as they head into November. What do the stats on man-games lost suggest about performance over the 82-game NHL season?

Marcel Goc Is The Ideal Replacement For Brodziak

The Wild could do with filling the void left by Kyle Brodziak, and I know just the guy to do it.

Carter, Porter & Campbell: Worthy UFA Signings?

A quick look at three depth signings who have been linked with the Wild.

Why The Wild Trading Jared Spurgeon Is A Dumb Idea

Trading Spurgeon is an awful idea and I'm going to tell you exactly why.

Analysing The Wild's 5v5 Woes

After a slow start to their 2nd round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Wild are facing a pivotal Game 3 and to win it they will need to be better at 5v5.

Spurgeon's Questionable Usage But Amazing Impact

The Wild may have one of the most effective blue liners in the NHL on their roster, but is he being underused on the 2nd pairing?

Evaluating The Wild At The All-Star Break (PART 1)

With the brief cease in NHL games, this seems like a good time to assess how the Wild's season has gone so far from a statistical point of view.

Devan Dubnyk, First Thoughts

The Wild made a move to fix their goalie problems.

Special Edition: Three Topics In One

I've got a lot of thoughts and only one column per week, so I'm just gonna combine 3 topics into one article.

Nino Niederreiter's +/- Is Totally Irrelevant

Nino's a -13 on the year. Find out why that number tells you very little about his play on the ice.

The Wild Are Better Than Their Record This Season

The Wild are 15-10-1 through 26 games and languishing outside of the playoff spots. That record is not indicative of their ability.

What's Going On With Mikko Koivu's Production?

Koivu isn't putting up assists like he normally does so it's time to take a closer look and see what's up.

Should Wild Fans Be Worried About Thomas Vanek?

Time to break down Vanek's performance so far this season to see what he's done well and what he's done badly.

Low Event Hockey & The Minnesota Wild

The Wild seem to finally be moving away from the tedious low event hockey that has become their trademark.

Welcome To The New Season

A quick preview of what to expect from this series in 2014/15.

The Wild's Historical Puck Possession Struggles

This should probably have a NSFW tag.

Comparing The Centremen Of The Central Division

How do the Wild's top pivots look when matched up against their counterparts around the division?

Good UFA Defencemen Left On The Market On Day 2

After Day 1 of free agency, all the big names are gone. Are any of the remaining scraps worth signing?

Willie Mitchell Is Not The Answer For The Wild

With free agency soon to be underway, here's why the Wild should avoid one of the players they've been heavily linked with.

The Best Defensive D-Men In The NHL This Season

Which defenceman had the toughest usage this season and how did they perform?

The Wild Should Not Re-Sign Stoner Or Prosser

The Wild's season has come to an end but we'll be keeping our coverage going right through the offseason. Today's numbers article is about why the Wild should just let two of their pending UFA defencemen walk away this Summer.

Did The Better Team Lose That Series?

There is an argument to be made that the Wild outplayed the Blackhawks in their 2nd round playoff series.

The Wild Are Better Than Their Numbers Suggest

Are the Wild's regular season possession numbers skewed by injuries to key players?

Mikko Koivu Isn't Going To Be The 3C Next Season

Mikko Koivu isn't going to be the 3rd line centre any time soon.

Koivu, Moulson, Pominville & Narratives About Sh%

Matt Moulson and Jason Pominville have been subjected to a lot of criticism so far in the playoffs because of their lack of goals, but they really haven't done much wrong.

Goals/Wins When Dominating Fenwick In Playoff Game

Using 3 years of playoff game data, I look to see how often the team who dominates shot attempts in a playoff game wins.

The Avs Weren’t a Special Snowflake After All

After all the hype about them based on their regular season points total, the Avs season ended, not with a bang, but a whimper and it really wasn’t that surprising.

Wild Defencemen & The Norris Trophy

How do the Wild's top defencemen match-up with this year's Norris candidates?

Granlund, Brodin & The Sophomore Season

The Wild's two most talked about prospects going into last season have had greatly contrasting seasons as rookies and sophomores.

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