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  1. Examining impact of Voynov's suspension

    Craig Custance

    It was really the first night there was a tangible on-ice impact from the Slava Voynov suspension. On Tuesday night in Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Kings dressed just 19 players because of the salary cap implications that come with a suspended playe...

    Blog | October 29, 2014
  2. Ranking the top 10 forward groups

    Craig Custance

    The final opening-night rosters turned in by NHL teams Tuesday showed a continued evolution at forward. The notion of a top six and bottom six is starting to disappear. The best teams have three skilled lines that are almost interchangeable and a fou...

    Blog | October 08, 2014
  3. Chasing the Kings: Pacific Division

    Craig Custance

    In the parity-filled NHL, it's hard enough building a team that stands out from the rest. It's even harder in the Pacific Division, where the Los Angeles Kings overshadow their rivals. GM Dean Lombardi has constructed a team that is near perfect in t...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  4. Choosing NHL's top franchise player

    Craig Custance

    The beauty of those working in hockey is that their passion for the sport runs just as high as those who cheer on the teams. It's the middle of the summer, and even while some were relaxing at a cottage or in the mountains, they took a moment to answ...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  5. Future deals impacted by Toews, Kane

    Craig Custance

    The new deals for Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews make them the highest paid players in the NHL on an annual-average basis. How long will that last? That's up for debate. The Kane and Toews contracts came in right about where you'd expect. What...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  6. If Kings win, Drew Doughty is the MVP

    Craig Custance

    Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was having a phone conversation with Bobby Orr when the conversation shifted to defensemen, and just how critical having a great one is to winning a championship. Championship teams need a goalie who makes save...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  7. How the Conn Smythe will be won

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- Before the Stanley Cup finals, last year's Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane had already scored 67 percent of his playoff goals. The previous year, before stopping a single shot against the New Jersey Devils, Jonathan Quick had made 75 p...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  8. Examining Toews-Kopitar playoff matchup

    Craig Custance

    When the Sharks drew the Kings in the first round, San Jose coach Todd McLellan's thought process regarding matchups went like this: He'd send Logan Couture out as much as possible against Anze Kopitar and his line, then try to get a size mismatch fo...

    Blog | May 26, 2014
  9. Gaborik on the brink of breakthrough?

    Craig Custance

    When the deal to Los Angeles was completed and Jarmo Kekalainen notified Marian Gaborik that his time with the Blue Jackets was over, the Columbus GM made an observation. "I told Marian, 'Maybe our team wasn't ready for him,'" Kekalainen said duri...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  10. Vanek's off-puck play becoming an issue?

    Craig Custance

    One of the interesting subplots to the Montreal Canadiens' impressive 4-3 Game 1 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night is they essentially did it without Thomas Vanek. The game extended into two overtimes and yet Vanek played just 18:58 -- ...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  11. The success of Doughty and Muzzin

    Craig Custance

    There's a statistic that tracks the percentage of shot attempts taken at even strength while a player is on the ice, that helps identify which teams and players are the most effective at controlling play. The teams at the top of that list are not ...

    Blog | January 22, 2014
  12. The NHL's top forward groups

    Craig Custance

    There are still a few more free agents to sign and decisions to be made in training camp, but for the most part, rosters are set. So this week, we'll look at some of the best teams by position, starting today with the 10 best forward groups in t...

    Blog | August 20, 2013
  13. 2013-14 NHL - Ranking the top forward groups

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance identifies the NHL's Top 10 forward groups, and a league talent evaluator weighs in with his thoughts on the list.

    Blog | Conversation | August 20, 2013
  14. Anze Kopitar of Los Angeles Kings injures knee, sidelined 3 weeks...

    Craig Custance

    Anze Kopitar of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings suffered a minor knee injury Saturday while playing in Sweden and is expected to miss three weeks, Kings GM Dean Lombardi confirmed.

    Story | Conversation | January 05, 2013
  15. Impact of Anaheim Ducks' Bruce Boudreau hire on Bobby Ryan - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that the Ducks' hiring of Bruce Boudreau makes it more likely that Bobby Ryan will remain in Anaheim.

    Blog | Conversation | December 01, 2011
  16. NHL - Ottawa is struggling, but a trio of young defensemen give h...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that although the Ottawa Senators are struggling, they have some young talent that should give hope for the future. Plus notes on Alex Ovechkin, the Penguins' winning ways despite injuries and Roberto Luongo hearing it from fans.

    Blog | Conversation | October 19, 2011