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  1. Where Blues stand against top contenders

    Craig Custance

    With the St. Louis Blues having been knocked out of the playoffs by some of the best teams in hockey the past few springs, the theory went like this: Coach Ken Hitchcock would measure the progress of the Blues during this regular season on how they d...

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  2. How Stanley Cup contenders can overcome Achilles heels in 2014-15...

    Sam Hitchcock

    The Blackhawks, Bruins, Kings, Penguins and Ducks all have a significant flaw. Sam Hitchcock of Hockey Prospectus explains how each of them can overcome that Achilles' heel.

    Story | Conversation | September 30, 2014
  3. Four keys to the Wild being contenders

    Craig Custance

    As far as training camp drama goes, the Minnesota Wild are giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a run for their money. It never escalated to Ryan Johansen levels, but Minnesota had its own contract stalemate, with goalie Darcy Kuemper arriving late while...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Weekend trade rumors roundup

    Doug Mittler

    The Buffalo Sabres put the NHL trade sweepstakes in high gear Friday night with the blockbuster deal that sent star goaltender Ryan Miller and center Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues. The Blues are a bona fide Stanley Cup contender and are built t...

    Blog | March 03, 2014
  8. NHL - Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues among top projected poi...

    Timo Seppa

    At the midway mark of the NHL season, Timo Seppa of Hockey Prospectus goes through his projections for which teams will be playoff contenders at season's end. The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to do well, but there are some big surprises elsewhere.

    Story | Conversation | December 31, 2013
  9. NHL - How Bruins, Rangers, Canadiens respond to Penguins moves

    Craig Custance

    In the wake of the acquisition of Jarome Iginla by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Craig Custance examines how other Eastern Conference contenders can try to keep up as the trade deadline approaches.

    Blog | Conversation | March 29, 2013
  10. NHL - New York Rangers face decisions on trade, coaching fronts

    Craig Custance

    The Rangers were supposed to be Stanley Cup contenders and instead they're sputtering out of the playoff race. As the trade deadline approaches, Craig Custance examines some of the key options available to them.

    Blog | Conversation | March 25, 2013
  11. Top trade needs for playoff contenders

    Craig Custance

    Everything about the Anders Lindback trade suggested that Tampa GM Steve Yzerman made one of the shrewdest offseason moves. After enduring a season of ugly goaltending, he addressed it decisively in June by sending three draft picks to the Predators ...

    Blog | March 04, 2013
  12. NHL - Top trade needs for playoff contenders

    Craig Custance

    As the trade deadline approaches, Craig Custance examines some key needs for playoff contenders. While Anders Lindback hasn't been the immediate answer for the Bolts, Tampa appears committed to him ... for now at least.

    Blog | Conversation | March 04, 2013
  13. 2013 NHL Playoff Odds - Blackhawks, Devils looking like locks, wh...

    Neil Greenberg

    A quarter of the way into the season, we're starting to see some separation in the NHL standings. Using some detailed statistical analysis, Neil Greenberg provides the playoff odds for the contenders, pretenders and those who should be booking tee times.

    Story | Conversation | February 12, 2013
  14. NHL - Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins top team projections for...

    Timo Seppa

    Hockey Prospectus projects how each NHL team will fare during the shortened 2012-13 season using HP's VUKOTA projection system. Which clubs will be contenders, bubble teams or cellar-dwellers?

    Story | Conversation | January 07, 2013
  15. Changes ahead for key Cup contenders

    Craig Custance

    The teams knocked out in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs were a who's who of preseason Stanley Cup favorites. When the dust settled, the Penguins, Red Wings, Sharks, Blackhawks, Bruins and Canucks were all heading home for the s...

    Blog | June 26, 2012
  16. 2012 NHL Free Agency - Changes ahead for Penguins, Wings, other C...

    Craig Custance

    Despite a thin free-agent crop, several strong Cup contenders may undergo some drastic offseason changes. Craig Custance examines the potential upcoming moves for the Penguins, Wings, Canucks and Sharks.

    Blog | Conversation | June 26, 2012