The North Score: Our new sports analytics beat

The North Score, led by new reporter Chris Hine, will feature analytics-based stories about the players and teams we cover. Our goals are to explain trends, answer burning questions and look through an analytics lens to find new stories within Minnesota teams.

Does Jimmy Butler's 'shoot-the-ball' mentality help the Wolves?

Does Jimmy Butler's 'shoot-the-ball' mentality help the Wolves?

North Score: Butler is third in the league in clutch points, but his shooting percentage dips in those moments, too. Karl-Anthony Towns, meanwhile, rarely shoots in clutch moments.
Will a faster ballgame attract more fans? Attendance figures say otherwise

Will a faster ballgame attract more fans? Attendance figures say otherwise

February 20
North Score: We've seen strong attendance for seasons with slower games, and poor attendance during seasons with faster games. Takeaway: Don't expect small tweaks to the rules to impact attendance.
NHL's mystery: Why are power plays more effective this season?

NHL's mystery: Why are power plays more effective this season?

February 19
North Score: After pausing to ponder the question, Wild winger Zach Parise was dumbfounded, as was coach Bruce Boudreau.

Two views: Trading is the Twins' best bet, and Archer is a great target

February 17
Star Tribune sports staff Michael Rand and Chris Hine take a stab at assessing the Twins' search for starting pitching help.

Eye behind the mask: Dubnyk always working on his focus

February 14
North Score: To improve his eyes, Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk doesn't have to look too far — only to Edina, where a company called True Focus Vision keeps his sight in line.

Did Pederson's reliance on analytics wear off on DeFilippo?

February 14
North Score: Many lauded Doug Pederson for his play calling and willingness to take risks on fourth downs on the Eagles' path to winning Super Bowl LII. Will John DeFilippo bring that to the Vikings?

Will the Twins be no better than perfectly average this season?

February 9
North Score: The Twins will be a .500 team this season. That's if you put your faith into an algorithm developed by Baseball Prospectus that predicts each team's record.

Wolves big weakness: Road games with no rest

February 8
North Score: Having a day off between games makes a world of difference for the Wolves as they battle for positioning in the Western Conference standings.

NHL scoring is up, and increased slashing calls are partly responsible

February 5
North Score: There are a few reasons behind this revival of scoring. First, NHL power plays are converting at a rate they haven't been in a long time. Teams also are putting more shots on goal.

Patriots' defense is the best at 'bend but don't break'

February 3
North Score: The Patriots take pride in limiting red-zone TDs.

Tyus or Teague: Who should the Timberwolves rely on more?

February 1
North Score: What the in-depth statistics say about Timberwolves point guards Tyus Jones and Jeff Teague, including an advanced metric in which the former Apple Valley star shines.

Here's one measure in which Jamal Crawford is king of the Wolves

January 29
North Score: Crawford averages 10 points per game, but leads the Wolves in one advanced statistic. So here's why it's it vital for the Wolves to play well when he's on the floor.

Parise's scoring opportunities have changed markedly under Boudreau

January 25
North Score: Under coach Bruce Boudreau, Parise has been utilized for offensive zone starts during 5-on-5 play less than he has at any point since coming to the Wild in 2013.

As Twins continue to shop pitchers, let's ask: Who's most valuable?

January 22
What analytics tell us about free-agent pitchers.

How is Wild in playoff hunt despite being last in this statistic?

January 19
The Wild has the league's worst Corsi percentage -- a measure of overall shot attempts -- but dig deeper and see how the team limits opponents' scoring chances.

MVP? No. But Butler's shooting improvement most valuable to Wolves

January 18
Wolves star Jimmy Butler is getting more buckets from mid-range and torturing defenses while remaining an elite defender.

'A knowledgeable fan is an engaged fan': More leagues turn to analytics

January 17
Advanced stats are now readily available, a win-win for leagues and fans.

The North Score: Our new sports analytics beat

January 11
The North Score, led by new reporter Chris Hine, will feature analytics-based stories about the players and teams we cover. Our goals are to explain trends, answer burning questions and look through an analytics lens to find new stories within Minnesota teams.

Meet the Star Tribune's new sports analytics writer, Chris Hine

January 16
Star Tribune sports is expanding to include analytics-based stories and a reporter fascinated with such things.
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