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  1. Elite production needed from Vanek

    Craig Custance

    On Tuesday night, Thomas Vanek scored a goal few others in the league could make look so easy. He took a pass from Ryan Suter near the top of the left circle, skated in on Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek, stick handled his way through traffic and flipped ...

    Blog | January 21, 2015
  2. Goalies whose tiers changed this season

    Craig Custance

    Before the season, we asked a panel of executives, coaches and players to rate every single starting goalie on a scale of one to five, with one being the best. Then, the goalies were divided into tiers. The result of the project can be seen right her...

    Blog | January 20, 2015
  3. Antoine Vermette suitors may have to wait

    Craig Custance

    Early in the first period against the Winnipeg Jets, with the Arizona Coyotes on a power play, a rebound kicked loose in front of Ondrej Pavelec, right toward the stick of Antoine Vermette. Instead of banging the puck into the pads of the Jets goalie...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  4. Better way to evaluate goalie performance

    Craig Custance

    Former NHL goalie Steve Valiquette, who does game analysis on MSG, has identified what he believes is the most important line on the ice, the line he believes solves the elusive measurability of shot quality. It's a line down the center of the ice...

    Blog | December 31, 2014
  5. Panthers' success starts with Luongo

    Craig Custance

    One unmistakable sign of a good goaltender is making saves and thriving regardless of the team out front. There are some goalies who put up big seasons, and it's impossible not to suspect that part of the reason is the system or the team. Then, th...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  6. Anonymous league insiders rank the 30 starting goaltenders - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance asked 15 anonymous NHL coaches, front office executives and a goal scorer to rate every starting goalie, producing a 1-30 ranking.

    Story | Conversation | October 07, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. No easy answer for interference problem

    Craig Custance

    NEW YORK -- By the estimation of NHL competition committee member Ron Hainsey, the meeting ran a good five hours. Maybe a little longer than that. The committee met on Monday to consider some rule changes, and a few made it through to the next st...

    Blog | June 10, 2014
  10. 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
  11. Patrick Roy's risks paying off, catching on

    Craig Custance

    When coach Alain Vigneault pulled Cam Talbot on Tuesday night with 4:38 remaining and the Rangers down three goals against the Flyers, analyst Pierre McGuire wondered on the broadcast if the tactic should now be called "The Patrick Roy," with the way...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  12. Early playoff exit clouds Miller's future

    Craig Custance

    CHICAGO -- Ryan Miller sat alone in a corner of the visitors dressing room at the United Center, his goalie pads and equipment still on. He was approached for an interview, and shook his head. "Not right now," he said. He wanted to get his pads...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  13. The Ducks' crease controversy

    Craig Custance

    It's the playoffs, so the fact Bruce Boudreau didn't telegraph his starting goalie for Friday night's game between his Ducks and the Stars isn't surprising. Nor is the fact there's a goalie controversy brewing in Anaheim. Boudreau took a risk st...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  14. Is Callahan part of the Lightnings future?

    Craig Custance

    Just like that, it's over. Four games lost to the Montreal Canadiens, and one of the most fascinating seasons in recent Tampa Bay Lightning history is done. This season, we saw Ben Bishop emerge as one of the league's best goalies. Jon Cooper was...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  15. 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
  16. 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