Chris Hine | Star Tribune
Reporter | North Score analytics

Chris Hine is the Star Tribune's first analytics and enterprise reporter. He'll stand at the intersection of stats and humans and tell the compelling stories he finds there.

Two views: NFL may not have most to gain from regulated gambling

Michael Rand and Chris Hine weigh in in the week's hot sports topics.

Vikings, Kluwe come together to create LGBTQ event at team headquarters

The gathering is part of a deal with former punter Chris Kluwe, aiming to promote inclusion.

In the cards: Twins outfielders look down before they look up

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.

Vegas Golden Nights: The most successful expansion franchise ever

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.

Strikeouts outnumbering hits in MLB is predictable (and pretty crazy)

North Score: Pitchers are throwing harder, and with more knowledge, and hitters are swinging for the fences. Does this make for better baseball?

Biggest first-round winners in the NFL Draft? Probably the Packers

North Score: The Packers and new general manager Brian Gutekunst were among the busiest teams working the trade market. What did they pull off?

50 – a number that will live in Timberwolves playoff infamy

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.

Why Derrick Rose, of all people, can be Wolves' difference-maker

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.

Inside the loss: Wild had more shots in Game 4, but Jets had better ones

A deeper look shows that Winnipeg had three times as many high-quality or "high-danger" shots in Tuesday night's game.

Houston will get its threes, especially from the corners

North Score: From the corners of the court, the Rockets hit at a three-point rate of 39.6 percent.