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  1. Examining Stephen Weiss' revival

    Craig Custance

    During the 2011-12 season, the last time Stephen Weiss played 80 games, the Detroit Red Wings forward took 1,469 faceoffs -- a total that put him in the top 10 in the league. He won 53.2 percent of those faceoffs, a success rate topped only by Jason ...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  2. Bigger role ahead for Marc-Edouard Vlasic

    Craig Custance

    With his teammates on the road in Game 6 of the first round against the Los Angeles Kings and Marc-Edouard Vlasic injured, he stayed back in San Jose. He got some treatment during the day and decided to quietly sit at the bar of a place called Dry Cr...

    Blog | October 10, 2014
  3. 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
  4. What does success look like in Pittsburgh?

    Craig Custance

    The Friday mailbag is back -- the surest sign that the hockey season is nearly upon us. As always, your participation in making this one of the most enjoyable parts of my week is greatly appreciated. The questions are often better than the answers, w...

    Blog | October 03, 2014
  5. Tough decision ahead for Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN -- For now, Mike Babcock is still patiently answering questions about his future. He understands how the fact that he's entering the final year of his contract -- and is in no hurry to extend that contract -- is a fascinating ...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  6. Chasing the Kings: Atlantic Division

    Craig Custance

    The Los Angeles Kings have become the gold standard. They've won two Stanley Cups in the past three seasons, and Dean Lombardi has built a roster that is nearly flawless. On Tuesday, we identified the five characteristics that make the Kings' rost...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  7. Summer trending: Atlantic Division

    Craig Custance

    The Detroit Red Wings had just finished up their prospect camp in Traverse City, Michigan, and the frustration of striking out in free agency was nowhere to be found. Instead, the optimism of youth was everywhere. There was Anthony Mantha, the big...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Red Wings should go big in free agency

    Craig Custance

    Their kids got them in, but they couldn't get them out of the first round. Injuries, inexperience and running into the best team in the Eastern Conference means the Detroit Red Wings end their season in the first round for the second time in three ye...

    Blog | April 26, 2014
  10. Examining Datsyuk vs. Bergeron

    Craig Custance

    The shift to Detroit was supposed to free up Pavel Datsyuk. Get him away from Patrice Bergeron and allow him to work his magic. Game 3 of the first-round playoff series between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings, however, turned out to be les...

    Blog | April 23, 2014
  11. Resetting the Eastern wild-card race

    Craig Custance

    In a hallway inside the Detroit Red Wings' dressing room is a giant white board with the complete NHL standings. The win, loss and point totals for the Red Wings are written in red marker, the rest of the league in black, with a giant red line markin...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  12. How Red Wings overcome key injuries

    Craig Custance

    DETROIT -- This all has to feel a bit familiar to Daniel Alfredsson. The team that he captained last season, the Ottawa Senators, was one of the most remarkable stories of the season, winning games even as key player after key player went down with i...

    Blog | December 05, 2013
  13. The NHL's most impressive players

    Craig Custance

    With the season more than one-quarter complete, we've seen awards and superlatives handed out to those who have been the most impressive. But nobody knows what's going on in the game quite like those on the ice. So as we head into the second quart...

    Blog | November 26, 2013
  14. Matching team needs with trade options

    Craig Custance

    There's a small language barrier, but that doesn't hide the personality behind new Nashville Predators starting goalie Marek Mazanec, a native of the Czech Republic. "He's a funny kid. He's really laid-back," said teammate Matt Cullen on Tuesday...

    Blog | November 20, 2013
  15. NHL - Analyzing the early returns on Alfredsson, Ryan, Anaheim Du...

    Craig Custance

    It's too early to declare a final winner after Daniel Alfredsson joined the Red Wings and the Senators replaced him with Bobby Ryan, but ESPN Insider Craig Custance examines the early returns for those two teams as well as the Anaheim Ducks.

    Blog | Conversation | October 24, 2013
  16. 20 observations on the Avalanche

    Craig Custance

    DENVER -- This summer, Patrick Roy went to see Semyon Varlamov in Montreal while the Colorado Avalanche starting goalie was training with teammate Jean-Sebastien Giguere and new Avs goalie coach Francois Allaire. Varlamov was coming off a disappointi...

    Blog | September 26, 2013