Most assumed when the Flames and GM Jay Feaster hired Bob Hartley it was due to the pair's long history together. In reality, it was largely shaped by a lengthy statistical study, a practice more and more teams are adopting in their coaching hires.
Craig Custance writes that Alexander Radulov's teammates with the Nashville Predators are aware of how excited he is to return to the NHL playoffs. Plus, a look at some teams that are seeking to "flip the switch" as the postseason begins.
Alvin Chang examines why teams hesitate to promote drafted defensemen early in their career and explains why the may want to re-think that practice and bring them to the NHL after just one year of seasoning.
David Fleming visits with the NHL's best, including Alex Ovechkin, and discovers that rituals, superstitions and history behind the hockey stick, which is more an extension of a player than a simple piece of equipment.