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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. Stanley Cup favorites for 2014-15

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- It was an exhausting run. Three Game 7s and one double overtime were needed to clinch the Stanley Cup. Kings captain Dustin Brown was at a loss for words to describe the feeling. "I'm emotionally spent like I've never been before," ...

    Blog | June 14, 2014
  3. Iginla worth re-signing for the Bruins

    Craig Custance

    It was the one thing you thought you could count on in these playoffs. The Boston Bruins were so much better than all the other teams in the Eastern Conference that a trip to the conference finals seemed like a formality. As they were marching ...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Anze Kopitar, Tuukka Rask lead playoff player rankings - 2014 Sta...

    Tom Awad

    Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus shares his updated version of the postseason player rankings of the top 10 forwards, top five defensemen and top five goalies. Anze Kopitar remains atop the forward rankings.

    Story | Conversation | May 12, 2014
  6. P.K. Subban, Drew Doughty both deserving of Conn Smythe award

    Matthew Coller

    A defenseman has not won the Conn Smythe Trophy in six years -- could P.K. Subban or Drew Doughty change that? Matthew Coller of Hockey Prospectus believes both would be deserving.

    Story | Conversation | May 08, 2014
  7. Los Angeles Kings C Anze Kopitar skyrockets in playoff player ran...

    Tom Awad

    Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus shares his first installment of the postseason player rankings of the top 10 forwards, top five defensemen and top five goalies. After five straight wins, the Kings' Anze Kopitar tops the forward rankings.

    Story | Conversation | May 05, 2014
  8. Vanek's off-puck play becoming an issue?

    Craig Custance

    One of the interesting subplots to the Montreal Canadiens' impressive 4-3 Game 1 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night is they essentially did it without Thomas Vanek. The game extended into two overtimes and yet Vanek played just 18:58 -- ...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  9. 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs - Daniel Briere's has postseason impact...

    Matthew Coller

    Daniel Briere has a history of successful postseason performances and can score even when playing a depth role. He may be the key to the Montreal Canadiens' chances against the renowned depth of the Boston Bruins.

    Story | Conversation | May 01, 2014
  10. Links from around the rink - April 23

    Tim Kavanagh

    One down, seven to go. The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team eliminated from the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, bowing out in four games to the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs will square off against the winner of the Boston Bruins...

    Blog | April 23, 2014
  11. Examining Datsyuk vs. Bergeron

    Craig Custance

    The shift to Detroit was supposed to free up Pavel Datsyuk. Get him away from Patrice Bergeron and allow him to work his magic. Game 3 of the first-round playoff series between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings, however, turned out to be les...

    Blog | April 23, 2014
  12. Nathan MacKinnon leads the early playoff player rankings - 2014 S...

    Tom Awad

    Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus shares his first installment of the postseason player rankings of top 10 forwards, top five defensemen and top five goalies. Nathan MacKinnon, Paul Martin and Tuukka Rask lead their respective position groups.

    Story | Conversation | April 22, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Breaking down the Conn Smythe race

    Craig Custance

    It must have seemed like an eternity, but the wait is almost over for Boston Bruins fans, who finally get to see their team make its 2014 postseason debut tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. It's the final first-round series to begin, and it has a...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  15. 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
  16. 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