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  1. Looking back at prediction hits and misses

    Craig Custance

    We do a lot of projecting at ESPN Insider. It's one of the fun parts of the job -- taking the information you know, projecting it forward and trying to predict the future. In the world of hockey, it's especially challenging because one bounce, and th...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  2. Rangers, Kings explain standout stats

    Craig Custance

    It may be the last time it happens this NHL season. Every single player from each of the two remaining teams, sitting and chatting, spirits high because the possibility of a Stanley Cup still lingers in the air for everyone. The NHL's annual Stanl...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  3. Henrik Zetterberg practices with Detroit Red Wings, may play in G...

    Craig Custance

    Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is active for Thursday night's Game 4 after participating Wednesday in what he called his first full practice in months.

    Story | Conversation | April 23, 2014
  4. Six hurdles standing between the Pittsburgh Penguins and another ...

    Craig Custance

    In ESPN The Magazine's One Day One Game Issue, Craig Custance writes that Sidney Crosby is healthy, back in MVP form and carrying his wounded team into the playoffs. But is the clock running out for The Kid and the Pens' Stanley Cup hopes?

    Story | Conversation | April 04, 2014
  5. Next steps for league expansion

    Craig Custance

    First, let me come clean. I wanted to touch on expansion in this mailbag, and as of Thursday afternoon, there wasn't a single question on it in the mailbag. So I turned to Twitter with my expansion request and you guys didn't disappoint. So, let's st...

    Blog | March 14, 2014
  6. Miller the biggest puzzle piece for Sabres

    Craig Custance

    The pace has definitely picked up for new Buffalo GM Tim Murray this week, with the NHL back following the Olympics. Then again, compared to the Olympic break, any action would have been a dramatic increase. And there's definitely action surrounding ...

    Blog | February 28, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Top 25 trade targets

    Craig Custance

    We can speculate. We can look at pending unrestricted free agents and make educated guesses. We can talk to those running teams and sense an appetite to make more "hockey trades" than usual. Still, until the NHL's trade deadline expires on March 5...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  9. Whose stock surged in Sochi?

    Craig Custance

    Every NHL owner fears an injury to his star players sent to compete in the Winter Olympics. But there's a flip side to the John Tavares scenario (a scenario that we discussed this past week). Some players are returning to the NHL this week with mo...

    Blog | February 24, 2014
  10. Projecting Canada's 2018 Olympic roster

    Craig Custance

    Just when you think the world is catching up to the Canadians in hockey, they make a statement like they did in winning gold in Sochi. Dominating performances against Team USA and Sweden earned Team Canada its second consecutive Olympic men's hockey ...

    Blog | February 23, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Implications of John Tavares' injury

    Craig Custance

    It's the worst nightmare for the NHL franchises sending their best players over to Sochi to compete in the Winter Olympics: It's quite possible, even probable, that one of them won't return in the same condition. These games are played with playof...

    Blog | February 20, 2014
  13. Canucks a team to watch after Olympics

    Craig Custance

    NHL team executives are following these Olympic hockey games a little differently than the rest of us. For example, when Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman got word that Ryan Kesler went down in pain after blocking an Ilya Kovalchuk shot with his h...

    Blog | February 18, 2014
  14. What is San Jose's deadline strategy?

    Craig Custance

    What should we expect from San Jose at the deadline? What's the timeline for expansion? Is Ryan Miller or Ryan Callahan more of a need for St. Louis? All this and more in this week's hockey mailbag. If you want to be featured in next week's mailbag, ...

    Blog | February 10, 2014
  15. Breaking down Miller vs. Quick

    Craig Custance

    First, let's get this out of the way. It's a good problem to have. At some point, Dan Bylsma is going to have to choose between Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick as the Team USA starting goalie, and it's like calling a coin toss when you know both sides...

    Blog | February 07, 2014
  16. The impact of Steven Stamkos' absence

    Craig Custance

    In the end, it ended up being a mulligan for Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman. On Wednesday night, while debate raged over who should replace the injured Steven Stamkos on Team Canada's roster, one NHL scout suggested we were all overthinking it. ...

    Blog | February 06, 2014