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  1. Expectations on MacKinnon's first playoffs

    Craig Custance

    DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was a 20-year-old when he first had the opportunity to play in the NHL playoffs, backstopping the Montreal Canadiens. For reasons he can't remember now -- because he estimates he weighed about 165 pounds...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  2. Ranking postseason goalies

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the postseason underway, we're ranking the top playoff teams by position. On Monday, the forward groups were ranked. On Tuesday, it was the defensemen's turn. Today, here's the ranking of the goalten...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Ranking the postseason forward groups

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the playoffs officially underway, we're ranking all 16 playoff teams by position. Up first, we'll rank the forward groups. Note that the Corsi stats are courtesy of ExtraSkater.com, while the other s...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  5. Improving the NHL playoff format

    Craig Custance

    When the question was first posed to fans, the response from many was natural: Why fix something that's perfect? NHL playoff hockey is as good a product as there is. A playoff hockey game is better than anything played in March on college basketba...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  6. How to beat the six heavyweights

    Craig Custance

    When the playoffs begin, there will be 16 teams with Stanley Cup dreams. When you break down the rosters, health and performances of those teams, however, six stand out as the heavyweights. Pick a Stanley Cup winner from a group that includes the ...

    Blog | April 08, 2014
  7. Can anyone beat the Bruins?

    Craig Custance

    What's the dream third line? What's next for the Washington Capitals if they miss the playoffs? How would the Dallas Stars fare against the St. Louis Blues in the playoffs? Can anyone beat the Boston Bruins? All this and more in this week's mailbag. ...

    Blog | April 04, 2014
  8. Links from around the rink: April 1

    Doug Mittler

    In case you missed it, Monday's Insider content featured our Craig Custance taking a look at why the two-horse race between the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks is so important out West. The loser projects to get the Los Angeles Kings as a difficult...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  9. Resetting the Western playoff race

    Craig Custance

    As typically happens after most borderline hits, the debate following Brooks Orpik's hit on Jonathan Toews, one that knocked Toews out of the game, centered on the legality and the potential suspension of the offender. For Chicago Blackhawks fans,...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  10. NHL - Ryan Miller, Paul Stastny among top 25 free agents for 2014...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance takes an early look at the top 25 NHL free agents this upcoming offseason. St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller and Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny lead the list.

    Story | Conversation | March 12, 2014
  11. NHL - Case for the Cup - Update on Stanley Cup predictions

    Now that the trade deadline has passed and a quarter of the regular season remains, the ESPN.com NHL crew tells us if they still like their preseason Stanley Cup predictions.

    Story | Conversation | March 05, 2014
  12. Washington Capitals' trade deadline plans

    Craig Custance

    Alex Ovechkin felt compelled to apologize for his team's performance in the Olympics. Nicklas Backstrom had to sit out the gold-medal game because of a doping violation. John Carlson's Americans were embarrassed in the bronze-medal game. Yeah, the...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  13. Projecting USA's 2018 Olympic roster

    Craig Custance

    There's no guarantee that NHL players will be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic games, but the impact stateside of Team USA's fourth-place finish, even if it's disappointing, makes a strong case for it. The Olympics draw the attention of casua...

    Blog | February 22, 2014
  14. An outdoor All-Star Game?

    Craig Custance

    Should the All-Star Game be played outdoors? What should George McPhee do to shake up the Capitals? What's David Poile's next move? All this and more in this week's hockey mailbag. If you want to be featured in next week's mailbag, send your question...

    Blog | January 24, 2014
  15. The secrets to the Blues' success

    Craig Custance

    ST. LOUIS -- Ken Hitchcock was told the topic that this post was going to examine: Have his St. Louis Blues closed the gap on their division rival, and defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks? He quickly interjected. "We think w...

    Blog | January 16, 2014
  16. NHL: Case for the Cup - Update on Stanley Cup predictions

    Now that half of the NHL season is in the books, the ESPN.com NHL crew tells us if they still like their preseason Stanley Cup predictions.

    Story | Conversation | January 03, 2014