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  1. Trade Grade: Erik Cole to Red Wings

    Craig Custance

    The deal Detroit Red Wings get: Erik Cole, 2015 third-round pick Dallas Stars get: Mattias Backman, Mattas Janmark and a 2015 second-round pick Detroit Red Wings: B The Red Wings are averaging 2.9 goals per game, which is No. 7 in th...

    Blog | March 01, 2015
  2. Former Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on why selling analytics in the...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance talks to former Oilers coach Dallas Eakins about the challenge of selling analytics in a sport that remains resistant to change.

    Story | Conversation | February 23, 2015
  3. Anders Lee surging into Calder race

    Craig Custance

    For a brief moment on Thursday, New York Islanders rookie Anders Lee caught up to Nashville's Filip Forsberg for the rookie goal-scoring lead before Forsberg scored against the Jets. It likely won't be the last time Lee pushes himself to the top...

    Blog | February 13, 2015
  4. NHL - Dallas Stars' options at March 2 trade deadline

    Craig Custance

    The Stars are a borderline playoff team but will sell off unrestricted free agents if they fall out of the race, writes Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | February 09, 2015
  5. Polling the All-Stars: Wild can rebound

    Craig Custance

    While not the most impressive of wins, the Minnesota Wild's second-half charge might have started on Tuesday night. They beat the lowly Oilers in Edmonton to begin their post All-Star break season-rescuing mission. The win also proves just how muc...

    Blog | January 28, 2015
  6. Crosby's absence to impact All-Star Game

    Craig Custance

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The decision to miss an All-Star Game because of injury or otherwise is rarely made by one person. Hall of Famer Mike Modano was a seven-time All-Star but remembers one year in which he was banged up and debating whether to take par...

    Blog | January 23, 2015
  7. Goalies whose tiers changed this season

    Craig Custance

    Before the season, we asked a panel of executives, coaches and players to rate every single starting goalie on a scale of one to five, with one being the best. Then, the goalies were divided into tiers. The result of the project can be seen right her...

    Blog | January 20, 2015
  8. Comeback win masks Kings' concerns

    Craig Custance

    It was a win that was vintage Los Angeles Kings. Against the Vancouver Canucks, a team the Kings are jostling with for the No. 2 spot in the Pacific Division, Thursday night's 3-2 comeback win had all the elements you'd expect from a Kings victory. ...

    Blog | January 02, 2015
  9. Better way to evaluate goalie performance

    Craig Custance

    Former NHL goalie Steve Valiquette, who does game analysis on MSG, has identified what he believes is the most important line on the ice, the line he believes solves the elusive measurability of shot quality. It's a line down the center of the ice...

    Blog | December 31, 2014
  10. Righty-lefty balance more crucial than ever

    Craig Custance

    While describing the advantages of a righty-lefty balance on defense, apparently it's nearly impossible to do so without demonstrating with an imaginary stick. Asked to describe the benefit of having a right-handed shot defenseman paired up with a le...

    Blog | December 17, 2014
  11. Panthers' success starts with Luongo

    Craig Custance

    One unmistakable sign of a good goaltender is making saves and thriving regardless of the team out front. There are some goalies who put up big seasons, and it's impossible not to suspect that part of the reason is the system or the team. Then, th...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  12. Despite results, Devils support DeBoer

    Craig Custance

    Following Saturday's loss to the Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer didn't mince words in his assessment of the game. He pointedly explained that the Capitals' power play was better than the Devils' power play. And that th...

    Blog | December 08, 2014
  13. Valuing leadership in the age of analytics

    Craig Custance

    Like any red-blooded human about to make his NHL debut, Jason Demers had nerves going into his first game. Five years and 305 NHL games later, he still recalls the impact of former San Jose Sharks teammate Rob Blake, who helped calm Demers down back ...

    Blog | December 04, 2014
  14. Impact of an uncertain cap for 2015-16

    Craig Custance

    This is what it has come to for NHL teams trying to project next season's salary cap: At least one team has had conversations with currency speculators to come up with the most accurate picture of where the Canadian dollar is headed in order to make ...

    Blog | December 02, 2014
  15. Time running out for unlucky Blue Jackets

    Craig Custance

    TORONTO -- While in town for the general managers' meetings, one of Jarmo Kekalainen's colleagues shared a sobering projection with the Columbus Blue Jackets' GM. If a team has 400 man-games lost in a season, it's all but impossible to make the pl...

    Blog | November 19, 2014
  16. Trade Grades: Moen-Gonchar swap

    Craig Custance

    The deal Montreal Canadiens get: Sergei Gonchar, D. Dallas Stars get: Travis Moen, LW. Montreal Canadiens: C Even with Dallas retaining 8 percent of Gonchar's salary, the $4.6 million cap hit (per CapGeek.com) is a hefty ticket for a 40...

    Blog | November 11, 2014