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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Penguins could target Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    With coach Dan Bylsma facing a very uncertain future in Pittsburgh, there is one coach who should lead the wish list for Pittsburgh Penguins fans if the ax does fall. Mike Babcock -- the ultimate hire. The Detroit Red Wings' coach has two Olymp...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  6. NHL -- Craig Custance: Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 retired by Detroi...

    Craig Custance

    Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 was raised to the Joe Louis Arena rafters, the number retirement ceremony a reminder of what this team, this city is missing, writes Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | March 06, 2014
  7. The challenges in a Callahan deal

    Craig Custance

    New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is doing his best to make sure this doesn't become a distraction. On Friday, he made it clear that despite reports that the Rangers along with his agent were potentially shopping him elsewhere, New York was wher...

    Blog | February 03, 2014
  8. Ranking the best Olympic special teams

    Craig Custance

    One of the challenges of succeeding in a short tournament like the Olympics is getting immediate success on special teams. Not only do you need to develop chemistry and timing in short order, you also have to quickly straighten out things like termin...

    Blog | January 14, 2014
  9. Ranking the Olympic defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    It's only been four years since the last Olympic games, but the blue line groups of some of the biggest gold-medal contenders will look dramatically different this time around. Each of the favorites -- Canada, Russia, Sweden and the U.S. -- has lost ...

    Blog | January 09, 2014
  10. Postcards from the Classic: Alumni games

    Craig Custance

    Took a quick lap around Comerica Park before the alumni game and got a couple minutes inside the Red Wings dressing room. It was great to see a stall set up for Steve Yzerman, playing in the second alumni game, and Mathieu Schneider chatting it up wi...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  11. Wings' top two display championship blood

    Craig Custance

    DETROIT -- The Anaheim Ducks knew it wouldn't be easy to end the Detroit Red Wings' season. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau's explanation included a phrase he used multiple times during this series: This Red Wings team has championship blood. It...

    Blog | May 11, 2013
  12. 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Rivals scout the Detroit Red Wings - ...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance talks to Detroit's rivals to scout out how to beat the Red Wings in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    Story | Conversation | April 28, 2013
  13. Realignment calls relocation into question

    Craig Custance

    When the league released its original realignment plan last year at the Board of Governors meetings in Pebble Beach, the unbalanced conferences looked perfect for expansion or relocation. With 16 teams in the West and 14 in the East, it appeared to g...

    Blog | March 15, 2013
  14. NHL - Realignment throws relocation into question

    Craig Custance

    As the NHL prepares to realign next season, questions remain as to how the potential relocation of a franchise could affect things. And Seattle's beautiful new arena proposal is adding fuel to the fire. Plus, the weekly mailbag.

    Blog | Conversation | March 15, 2013
  15. Can Oilers, Red Wings survive injuries?

    Craig Custance

    DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers entered Saturday afternoon's game dead even in points with 11 each. Only Detroit's extra regulation win gave them an edge in the standings heading into the game, with the Red Wings clingi...

    Blog | February 10, 2013
  16. NHL - Can Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings survive injuries?

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance reports from Detroit, explaining how both the Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers are suffering from injuries. Which team is more likely to make the playoffs?

    Blog | Conversation | February 10, 2013