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  1. 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
  2. Filip Forsberg clicking in Nashville

    Craig Custance

    Like all teams preparing for the NHL draft, the Washington Capitals went through countless mock drafts leading up to the 2012 entry draft. With two picks in the first round that year, the Capitals planned on going with skill with their No. 11 pick an...

    Blog | November 13, 2014
  3. Jets could be selling talent soon

    Craig Custance

    It was a game the Winnipeg Jets couldn't be happy about losing. You get the New Jersey Devils into a shootout, normally you have to like your chances. Winnipeg lost to New Jersey on Thursday night in the shootout, although it wasn't the worst effo...

    Blog | October 31, 2014
  4. 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
  5. How Bruins can get back on track

    Craig Custance

    After one period of play Wednesday night in Detroit, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien came to a conclusion: It was the best his team had played all season. At this time of the season, the smartest coaches are more concerned with process rather th...

    Blog | October 16, 2014
  6. NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well fo...

    Craig Custance

    Which NHL teams are set up for the most success in 2017-18 and beyond? According to our panel of experts, it's the Chicago Blackhawks. Check out the full list, and analysis of each team, in the Future Power Rankings.

    Story | Conversation | October 09, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Looking back at prediction hits and misses

    Craig Custance

    We do a lot of projecting at ESPN Insider. It's one of the fun parts of the job -- taking the information you know, projecting it forward and trying to predict the future. In the world of hockey, it's especially challenging because one bounce, and th...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  10. 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
  11. Rangers adjustments key to survival

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- Four games in, the familiarity between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers has heightened. With that come the adjustments. The Rangers realize the Kings play a simple, structured game, and they get a lot of pucks on net,...

    Blog | June 13, 2014
  12. 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
  13. Rangers RFAs driving up price tags

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- There are some NHL players who barely watch hockey when they're not playing. There are some guys who couldn't tell you how teams or players in the other conference are performing. There are some players who haven't watched five min...

    Blog | June 07, 2014
  14. Boost coming for NHL data collection

    Craig Custance

    The data is coming. The kind of data the hockey community has been yearning for after seeing other sports gather it. Motion-tracking cameras in every arena that record the movements and speed of every single player on the ice are on their way in t...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  15. 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
  16. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Why the Los Angeles Kings' Drew ...

    Craig Custance

    The Kings' Drew Doughty is making a strong case for a defenseman to win the Conn Smythe award this year, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | May 22, 2014