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  1. Colorado Avalanche among four teams that could shift their attent...

    Matthew Coller and Sam Hitchcock

    Four teams that spent this offseason like they'd be Stanley Cup contenders may be more focused on the draft lottery in 2015, based on the underlying statistics.

    Story | Conversation | July 29, 2014
  2. Better dynasty contender: Chicago or LA?

    Craig Custance

    It's natural when a team in this era wins its second Stanley Cup in three years that the question immediately becomes about the franchise's place in history. It happened last spring when the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins to become the ...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  3. Looking ahead for Washington Capitals, new GM Brian MacLellan - N...

    Frank Provenzano

    Frank Provenzano takes a look at the Washington Capitals' hire of Brian MacLellan as their new general manager, and offers his thoughts on what the team should do to return to the ranks of top contenders.

    Story | Conversation | June 05, 2014
  4. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs preview: Chicago Blackhawks versu...

    Pierre LeBrun

    It tells you something about the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks that despite playing in the conference with a deeper pool of legit contenders, they've found a way to stage a reprise of last year's Western Conference finals. "It's going ...

    Story | Conversation | May 14, 2014
  5. The St. Louis Blues Collapse in the Playoffs, As Per Hockey Tradi...

    Sean McIndoe

    We're now up to four teams eliminated from the first round of the NHL playoffs. But with all due respect to the Lightning, Red Wings, and Stars, only one team sent to the sideline so far has been a legitimate Cup contender. That would be...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  6. NHL -- 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs -- Colorado Avalanche's learning...

    Pierre LeBrun

    Avalanche coach Patrick Roy made it clear that young teams need to take their lumps before developing into true contenders, but that doesn't mean Colorado won't bring it in Game 5, writes ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

    Story | Conversation | April 25, 2014
  7. NHL -- 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: A lack of Olympians seems to be...

    Pierre LeBrun

    Having fewer players at the Olympics than other contenders has paid off for the San Jose Sharks, writes ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

    Story | Conversation | April 23, 2014
  8. Five reasons Bruins will win the Cup

    Joe McDonald

    The Boston Bruins finished the 2013-04 regular season as the best team in the NHL. They're a proven Stanley Cup contender and there are many reasons why they will win their second Cup championship in a four-year span. Here are the top five rea...

    Blog | April 13, 2014
  9. Links from around the rink: Apr. 6

    Tim Kavanagh

    It's a battle of attrition for some NHL teams as the playoffs near. We know well how banged up some of the top contenders -- including the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins -- have been as of late, but it's a problem for ...

    Blog | April 06, 2014
  10. Capitals-Devils Preview

    Capitals-Devils Preview

    Preview | April 03, 2014
  11. Ducks-Oilers Preview

    Ducks-Oilers Preview

    Preview | March 27, 2014
  12. Flyers rally past Blues in second period for fifth straight win

    Flyers top Blues 4-1 for 5th straight win

    Recap | Box Score | Conversation | March 22, 2014
  13. Are the Leafs a legitimate contender?

    Craig Custance

    Randy Carlyle had to know what he was doing. When you're the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, you know full well that everything you say will be scrutinized to the extreme. Especially when it's perceived as criticism following a loss. On Tuesday ...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  14. Panthers-Sharks Preview

    Panthers-Sharks Preview

    Preview | March 17, 2014
  15. Flyers emerging as dark-horse contender

    Craig Custance

    There's a belief that the Philadelphia Flyers would be among the last teams the Pittsburgh Penguins want to face in the first round (or any round) of the Eastern Conference playoffs. That theory was bolstered this weekend. The Flyers swept a home-...

    Blog | March 17, 2014
  16. Zach Parise tiebreaker sends Wild past Rangers

    Zach Parise broke a tie early in the third period, and Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 shots to break the franchise rookie victory record in the Minnesota Wild's 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

    Recap | Box Score | Conversation | March 13, 2014