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  1. 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
  2. Stamkos still has room to improve

    Craig Custance

    There are still reminders, just about every day. Steven Stamkos has mornings when he wakes up and the leg he broke last season in Boston is stiff. Or there's a momentary scare for coach Jon Cooper like the one Sunday evening in Detroit, when Stamkos ...

    Blog | November 10, 2014
  3. Ten takeaways from opening weekend

    Craig Custance

    Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau understood the sentiment, but quickly shot down the suggestion. It's October. The most meaningful games aren't played until the spring. Teams that are coming off a long playoff run or have huge postseason aspiration...

    Blog | October 13, 2014
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Chasing the Kings: Metropolitan Division

    Craig Custance

    The Pacific may be the home of the defending champs, and the Central may be the league's deepest and strongest division. But no division comes with more intrigue than the Metropolitan, a division where nearly every team can make the playoffs. Or not....

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  7. Trade Grades: James Neal to Nashville

    Craig Custance

    The deal Predators get: James Neal Penguins get: Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling Nashville Predators: B Predators GM David Poile needed to upgrade his offense under new head coach Peter Laviolette, and landing James Neal certainly does...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  8. How New York Rangers reload for 2014-15

    Craig Custance

    The New York Rangers had to know just how close they were. The red eyes and the crushing disappointment in their dressing room following the Los Angeles Kings' Game 5 win suggested as much. It was the reaction of a team that realized they had just pu...

    Blog | June 18, 2014
  9. 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
  10. Rangers, Kings explain standout stats

    Craig Custance

    It may be the last time it happens this NHL season. Every single player from each of the two remaining teams, sitting and chatting, spirits high because the possibility of a Stanley Cup still lingers in the air for everyone. The NHL's annual Stanl...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Where Vigneault makes his biggest impact

    Craig Custance

    New York Rangers defenseman John Moore paused to find the right answer. He was asked to recall a moment the Rangers experienced that would exemplify the way they played under coach Alain Vigneault -- one they might not have made with a different man ...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  13. Why Canadiens should stick with Tokarski

    Craig Custance

    The NHL lost its marquee goalie showdown between Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price when the latter was knocked out for the entire Eastern Conference final following the collision with Chris Kreider. Still, there was something just as compelling a...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  14. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Sidney Crosby breaks through wit...

    Craig Custance

    Sidney Crosby's slump-breaking goal was all his team needed to grab a 2-1 series lead, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | May 05, 2014
  15. Johansen decision looms for Columbus

    Craig Custance

    It was an historic campaign for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Their first playoff win. Their first playoff win at home. The first year Columbus fans could legitimately feel confident that the pieces were in place from top to bottom for sustained success...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  16. The impact of Steven Stamkos' absence

    Craig Custance

    In the end, it ended up being a mulligan for Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman. On Wednesday night, while debate raged over who should replace the injured Steven Stamkos on Team Canada's roster, one NHL scout suggested we were all overthinking it. ...

    Blog | February 06, 2014