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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. NHL - New defensive focus key to Lightning success

    Craig Custance

    Additions of defensemen Sami Salo and Matt Carle have been monumental for the Lightning, Craig Custance writes. He also looks whether or not the Kings will trade forward Andrei Loktionov.

    Blog | Conversation | January 31, 2013
  10. NHL - In defense of 'unpopular' contracts

    Craig Custance

    In response to a recent poll of NHL statistical analysts, Craig Custance checks in with NHL coaches and scouts to see how they explain the big contracts issued to Paul Gaustad and Dennis Wideman.

    Blog | Conversation | September 26, 2012
  11. NHL - In wake of Rick Nash trade, what Tim Erixon gives Blue Jack...

    Corey Pronman

    As Columbus waves goodbye to its franchise player in Rick Nash, it brings in one of the game's brighter defensive prospects in Tim Erixon. Corey Pronman analyzes what he provides to the Blue Jackets' rebuilding project.

    Blog | Conversation | July 23, 2012
  12. NHL - What Predators have left if Shea Weber leaves

    Corey Pronman

    Corey Pronman writes that while no organization is built to handle a hit like losing Shea Weber and Ryan Suter in one month, defense is actually the strength of the Nashville talent pipeline.

    Blog | Conversation | July 19, 2012
  13. New Jersey Devils' blueprint is to build from past successes - NH...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance examines the unorthodox roster construction of the New Jersey Devils, a team with an aging goalie, a no-name defense and its star players on the wings, to pin down the team's unusual blueprint. Plus notes from the NHL draft combine.

    Blog | Conversation | June 04, 2012
  14. 2012 NHL Playoffs - New York Rangers must look to Marc Staal in G...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance looks at the New York Rangers' hard-working defense and how the return to form of Marc Staal may be the key in Saturday's Game 7 showdown with the Washington Capitals.

    Blog | Conversation | May 11, 2012
  15. NHL - 2012 draft offering undersized defensemen and that's OK

    Alvin Chang

    ESPN Insider Alvin Chang takes a look at how the 2012 draft is trading size for skill in defensemen.

    Blog | Conversation | February 10, 2012
  16. ESPN The Magazine - Next Level - A new stat for goaltenders

    Peter Keating

    Michael Schuckers' new stat helps show how valuable goalies are apart from the defenses in front of them.

    Story | Conversation | November 07, 2011