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  1. How the Kings prepare for Cup defense

    Craig Custance

    This group of Los Angeles Kings is one that seems to enjoy a challenge. Such as entering the playoffs as a No. 8 seed and winning it all, as they did in 2012. Or dropping three games to start the first round before waking up and beating the San Jose ...

    Blog | June 19, 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. Stanley Cup favorites for 2014-15

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- It was an exhausting run. Three Game 7s and one double overtime were needed to clinch the Stanley Cup. Kings captain Dustin Brown was at a loss for words to describe the feeling. "I'm emotionally spent like I've never been before," ...

    Blog | June 14, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Mike Richards finding game at right time

    Craig Custance

    NEW YORK -- Talk to Mike Richards' teammates with the Los Angeles Kings, and inevitably the conversation moves to the conclusion that he's a winner. He has won at every level. He's got a Memorial Cup, a Calder Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a Stan...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  6. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup finals: Top 10 Stanley Cup finals in the l...

    Craig Custance

    The Kings-Rangers series is such a doozy that it prompted us to rank the top 10 series from the past 20 years. ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance takes it on.

    Story | Conversation | June 08, 2014
  7. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup finals: New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lun...

    Craig Custance

    Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist says the crease-crashing goal by Dwight King shouldn't have counted, Craig Custance writes.

    Story | Conversation | June 07, 2014
  8. 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
  9. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup finals: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew ...

    Craig Custance

    Kings defenseman Drew Doughty turned his anger for an early giveaway into motivation for redemption, and the win was a result, Craig Custance writes.

    Story | Conversation | June 04, 2014
  10. Late-round steals make big playoff impact

    Craig Custance

    It's funny the things you remember from the biggest moments in your life. On the day he was drafted, taken with the No. 147 overall pick in the 2010 draft, Brendan Gallagher was at home watching the draft on television. He'd been given the heads up t...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  11. Toews' no-goal shows process needs work

    Craig Custance

    CHICAGO -- We expect perfection. In this era of high-definition TV, replays as GIFs on Twitter moments after plays happen in real life and cameras from every angle, we know when a call is missed. Usually instantly. In the case of Jonathan Toews'...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  12. Examining NHL playoff officiating

    Craig Custance

    Stephen Walkom, the NHL's director of officiating, implemented a rule. After the league decides on the officials who make the cut to work the next round of the playoffs, there is no complaining from those who don't. No phone calls. No arguing. N...

    Blog | May 05, 2014
  13. 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
  14. NHL - 2013 mock expansion draft protected teams in West

    Frank Provenzano

    Craig Custance reveals which players in the West would be protected from being selected in a mock NHL expansion draft.

    Story | Conversation | September 11, 2013
  15. 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
  16. 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