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  1. How the Kings prepare for Cup defense

    Craig Custance

    This group of Los Angeles Kings is one that seems to enjoy a challenge. Such as entering the playoffs as a No. 8 seed and winning it all, as they did in 2012. Or dropping three games to start the first round before waking up and beating the San Jose ...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  2. Maturing young defense key to Bruins' run

    Craig Custance

    After the regular season, an NHL scout was debating the merits of Zdeno Chara's Norris Trophy candidacy, and estimated that he was 80 or 90 percent of the player he once was. And Chara still turned in a season that this scout thought was the best amo...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  3. Is Colorado's defense Cup-caliber?

    Craig Custance

    They know what people think. They know some people look at their team and admire a group of young forwards whose talent stacks up with any in the league, especially with the unveiling of Nathan MacKinnon in the first two games of the playoffs. The...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  4. Fantasy Grapevine: UFA defensemen

    Victoria Matiash

    Potential fantasy impact of forward signings | Goalies Conventional hockey wisdom suggests a player on defense benefits more from experience and maturity than a forward, and that a typical NHL defenseman hits peak performance around 27 years of ag...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  5. Ranking the best Olympic goalie groups

    Craig Custance

    In ranking the Olympic contenders positionally, Team Canada had a stranglehold at forward and on defense. Only twice did a player, coach or executive in our very unscientific poll suggest a country at the top other than Canada for those positions. ...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  6. Do the Ducks have a Cup-caliber defense?

    Craig Custance

    It was about this time last year that the interviews started for Ben Lovejoy. Not the typical hockey player interviews where we in the media pry for information. Real interviews. Job interviews. The NHL lockout was dragging on and Lovejoy was look...

    Blog | December 18, 2013
  7. NHL - Is Ilya Bryzgalov the right fix for the Oilers?

    Craig Custance

    The Edmonton Oilers have added Ilya Bryzgalov at a time when they can't keep the puck out of the net. Can he fix the problem, or is the bad defense too much to overcome? And who should the Panthers trade? Craig Custance takes a look.

    Blog | Conversation | November 11, 2013
  8. NHL - Rangers' improvements on defense should provide more wins

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance explores the reasons why the New York Rangers have gotten off to a slow start, and assesses how they can turn it around and contend in the Metropolitan division.

    Blog | Conversation | October 29, 2013
  9. NHL - Hockey Prospectus projections for 2013-14 top defensemen

    Ryan Schwepfinger

    Ryan Schwepfinger of Hockey Prospectus projects the NHL's top defensemen for the 2013-14 season. Montreal's P.K. Subban tops the list.

    Story | Conversation | September 25, 2013
  10. The NHL's top defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    On Tuesday we explored the Top 10 forward groups in the NHL this season, but scoring alone won't win you a championship. So let's have a look at the NHL's best teams in terms of depth on defense. Chicago's depth and mobility on d...

    Blog | August 21, 2013
  11. 2013-14 - Ranking the top defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance identifies the NHL's Top 10 defenseman groups, and an NHL scout weighs in with his thoughts on the list.

    Blog | Conversation | August 21, 2013
  12. 2013 NHL Playoffs - The keys to the L.A. Kings' home playoff domi...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance examines the L.A. Kings' home dominance during the playoffs, attributing the success to their ability to contest every inch of ice, play suffocating defense in the neutral zone and build early leads. Plus, they've got goalie Jonathan Quick.

    Blog | Conversation | June 06, 2013
  13. 2013 NHL playoffs - Torey Krug looks to continue impressive debut...

    Craig Custance

    Torey Krug has burst onto the scene in Boston as one of the Bruins' biggest playoff stars. But can the diminutive D-man continue his strong play against the Pittsburgh Penguins?

    Blog | Conversation | May 28, 2013
  14. Top 5 candidates for Norris Trophy

    Craig Custance

    The official description for the Norris Trophy is the player who demonstrates the greatest all-around ability on defense. But Josh Gorges, who has been paired with Norris candidate P.K. Subban down the stretch, suggests some tweaking. "I always thin...

    Blog | April 23, 2013
  15. Ryan Suter leads ranking of top 5 Norris Trophy candidates - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance ranks his top 5 candidates to win the Norris Trophy, with Minnesota's Ryan Suter at No. 1.

    Blog | Conversation | April 23, 2013
  16. NHL - Early post-lockout play contradicts theories

    Craig Custance

    During the lockout there was speculation that disciplined, defense-first teams and players competing in Europe would have an advantage when play resumed. That has not been the case so far.

    Blog | Conversation | February 06, 2013