North Score: Paul Fenton said analytics will play a role in every move he makes. That's what he did in Nashville, which is now a Stanley Cup contender.
North Score: In his third full season, Twins outfielder Max Kepler is "barreling" more balls and seeing pitches more clearly.
North Score: The influence of analytics continues expansion into baseball, as evidenced by a growing reliance on outfield positioning charts. But baseball instinct remains part of the equation.
North Score: Wild fans might not want to hear it, but the Golden Knights used the scraps from 30 teams, including Erik Haula and Alex Tuch, to make first-year history.
North Score: Pitchers are throwing harder, and with more knowledge, and hitters are swinging for the fences. Does this make for better baseball?
North Score: Advanced metrics show the Twins haven't been unlucky, just bad.
North Score: The contracts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter do eat up plenty of cap space, but the notion that the Wild is stuck, salary-cap wise, is just plain incorrect.
North Score: The Packers and new general manager Brian Gutekunst were among the busiest teams working the trade market. What did they pull off?
North Score: The Rockets scored 50 points in the first half. Then they scored 50 points in the third quarter, changing the entire tone of their playoff series with the Wolves.
North Score: The gauge created by the former Cowboys coach to rank the value of draft picks has some competition now.
North Score: The former MVP is leading the Wolves in usage rate, an indicator he has become the No. 1 X-factor in this first-round series.
Michael Rand and Chris Hine weigh in on the hot sports topics of the week.
A deeper look shows that Winnipeg had three times as many high-quality or "high-danger" shots in Tuesday night's game.
North Score: From the corners of the court, the Rockets hit at a three-point rate of 39.6 percent.
Minnesota went zone to zone to get better chances and notch a much-needed win against the Jets.
North Score: Jay Schroeder is not a typical physical trainer you'd see in a team locker room. He works to maximize the players' potential using a training method based on Russian techniques.
North Score: This spring's wintry weather has had more than an aesthetic effect on Major League Baseball.
North Score: Patrik Laine, who is only 19, scored 44 goals in his second season. He scores goals differently depending whether he is on the power play or skating 5-on-5.
North Score: Only participants in tennis (3 miles per match), field hockey (5.6) and soccer (7) top basketball players in terms of miles covered in a game, according to Runner's World.
North Score: No one player is going to fill all that Ryan Suter does for the Wild. The mantra coming out of the dressing room is that everybody on the blue line must step up their game
The Wild's smart defensive strategy near the "high-danger" zones has minimized good shots on goal – and improved its win-loss record.
North Score: The value of the three-pointer has been well known in the NBA for a while now, but it has also fully infected the college game, albeit at a slower place.
North Score: Because of Kirk Cousins' arm strength, the revamped Vikings offense could potentially be more dynamic and explosive.
North Score: Jake Odorizzi comes to the Twins from a Rays staff that embraced throwing frequent high four-seam fastballs in an attempt to generate as many swings and misses as possible.
North Score: Don't pay attention to Gonzaga's No. 4 seed. Instead, look at how the experts rate the Zags (and other teams) compared to other teams who are part of March Madness.
North Score: Thanks to advanced player tracking, the NFL has begun to measure how fast players are in a game. It doesn't always match data collected at the NFL Combine.
North Score: How much do the Wolves miss Jimmy Butler? He is second only to Houston's James Harden (12.1 to 11.36) in a metric ESPN created that's called Real Plus-Minus wins.
North Score: After a downturn in Carolina and New York, veteran center Eric Staal is lighting lamps again — and making Minnesota's $10.5 million deal seem like a steal.
North Score: With the help of the Rays, Morrison changed his swing, specifically so he could hit more fly balls in an attempt to hit more home runs.
North Score: Wolves' center Karl-Anthony Towns is among the league leaders in rebounding, but he doesn't box out opponents as much as you'd think. His teammates? Even less.
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.
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.
North Score: After pausing to ponder the question, Wild winger Zach Parise was dumbfounded, as was coach Bruce Boudreau.
Star Tribune sports staff Michael Rand and Chris Hine take a stab at assessing the Twins' search for starting pitching help.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
North Score: The Patriots take pride in limiting red-zone TDs.
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.
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.
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.
What analytics tell us about free-agent pitchers.
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.
Wolves star Jimmy Butler is getting more buckets from mid-range and torturing defenses while remaining an elite defender.
Advanced stats are now readily available, a win-win for leagues and fans.
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.
Star Tribune sports is expanding to include analytics-based stories and a reporter fascinated with such things.