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  1. Polling the All-Stars: Wild can rebound

    Craig Custance

    While not the most impressive of wins, the Minnesota Wild's second-half charge might have started on Tuesday night. They beat the lowly Oilers in Edmonton to begin their post All-Star break season-rescuing mission. The win also proves just how muc...

    Blog | January 28, 2015
  2. Reality check on mumps' impact

    Craig Custance

    It was a Friday morning in early November when Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin woke up with the swollen face that's become all too common right now around the NHL. He suspected the problem might be mumps, since teammate Corey Perry ha...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Ranking the top 10 defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    The ideal defense no longer is about matching a puck mover with a stay-at-home defenseman on each pairing. The best teams still have a physical, defensive defenseman around to take care of business when necessary, but the league is skewing toward def...

    Blog | October 08, 2014
  5. Four keys to the Wild being contenders

    Craig Custance

    As far as training camp drama goes, the Minnesota Wild are giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a run for their money. It never escalated to Ryan Johansen levels, but Minnesota had its own contract stalemate, with goalie Darcy Kuemper arriving late while...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  6. Chasing the Kings: Central Division

    Craig Custance

    The champion may reside in the Pacific Division, but its biggest group of challengers is in the Central. While the Los Angeles Kings spent the summer just trying to retain their talent, on and off the ice, the clubs in the Central ramped up the aggre...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  7. Vanek's off-puck play becoming an issue?

    Craig Custance

    One of the interesting subplots to the Montreal Canadiens' impressive 4-3 Game 1 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night is they essentially did it without Thomas Vanek. The game extended into two overtimes and yet Vanek played just 18:58 -- ...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  8. Ranking postseason defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the playoffs underway, we're ranking the top playoff teams by position. On Monday, the forward groups were ranked. Today, here's the ranking of the 16 playoff defenseman groups: 1. St. Louis Bl...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  9. The most dangerous potential wild cards

    Craig Custance

    There's going to be one upset -- at least. That's just how the NHL postseason works. It's a league of parity, plus one of these teams battling to get in will just keep on rolling against a team that's been coasting for weeks. Really, once you establi...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  10. U.S. hockey names Zach Parise of Minnesota Wild as captain

    Craig Custance

    The United States' men's hockey team named the Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise captain for the coming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with teammate Ryan Suter and Kings forward Dustin Brown named the alternates.

    Story | Conversation | January 31, 2014
  11. NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well fo...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance, Frank Provenzano, Neil Greenberg, Corey Pronman, Robert Vollman and Ryan Schwepfinger rank every NHL team based on how well they're set up for future success.

    Story | Conversation | September 18, 2013
  12. 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
  13. 2013 NHL offseason - Detroit Red Wings lead early free agency Day...

    Craig Custance

    With the early rush of NHL free agency in the books, Craig Custance writes that the Red Wings emerged in fine fashion after landing Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss. Meanwhile, Cup finalist Boston missed out on its early targets.

    Blog | Conversation | July 05, 2013
  14. 2013 NHL offseason - Why 2014 free agents are signing now

    Craig Custance

    Recent extensions for star players have bucked the usual offseason order of events for NHL GMs. Craig Custance looks into why those deals are happening and why there will be more on the way soon.

    Blog | Conversation | June 21, 2013
  15. Time to panic for Capitals, Kings?

    Craig Custance

    The NHL season will be entering its second week this weekend and three teams still do not have a win. And two of them are presumably Stanley Cup contenders. The Los Angeles Kings dropped to 0-2-1 with their overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers on T...

    Blog | January 25, 2013
  16. NHL - Mailbag - Is it time to panic for Los Angeles Kings, Washin...

    Craig Custance

    With a short season, is it time for the winless Capitals and Kings to panic? Craig Custance explores that topic as he dives into his weekly mailbag.

    Blog | Conversation | January 25, 2013