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  1. Summer trending: Pacific Division

    Craig Custance

    The past two seasons the Anaheim Ducks have won consecutive Pacific Division titles, including a 116-point regular season last season that was topped only by the Boston Bruins. The postseason success hasn't been there but the team has won enough t...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  2. 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
  3. Rangers adjustments key to survival

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- Four games in, the familiarity between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers has heightened. With that come the adjustments. The Rangers realize the Kings play a simple, structured game, and they get a lot of pucks on net,...

    Blog | June 13, 2014
  4. The NHL's Vegas expansion plans

    Craig Custance

    Gary Bettman's recent visit to Seattle became big news when word got out he was in town. Later, he'd explain that he was just in the neighborhood, attending playoff games in California, and wanted to see exactly what the latest was with Chris Hansen'...

    Blog | May 30, 2014
  5. Where Vigneault makes his biggest impact

    Craig Custance

    New York Rangers defenseman John Moore paused to find the right answer. He was asked to recall a moment the Rangers experienced that would exemplify the way they played under coach Alain Vigneault -- one they might not have made with a different man ...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  6. Galchenyuk still working on his game

    Craig Custance

    The other goals that Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk mentioned as standouts in his career certainly were prettier. For instance, his shootout goal that helped Team USA win the bronze last year in the World Championships. Legend has it...

    Blog | May 23, 2014
  7. Gaborik on the brink of breakthrough?

    Craig Custance

    When the deal to Los Angeles was completed and Jarmo Kekalainen notified Marian Gaborik that his time with the Blue Jackets was over, the Columbus GM made an observation. "I told Marian, 'Maybe our team wasn't ready for him,'" Kekalainen said duri...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  8. Toews' no-goal shows process needs work

    Craig Custance

    CHICAGO -- We expect perfection. In this era of high-definition TV, replays as GIFs on Twitter moments after plays happen in real life and cameras from every angle, we know when a call is missed. Usually instantly. In the case of Jonathan Toews'...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  9. Niederreiter key to a Wild turnaround

    Craig Custance

    Last June, Nino Niederreiter was watching the NHL draft because he had a pretty good idea that fellow Switzerland native Mirco Mueller would be taken in the first round, no later than the No. 18 pick held by the San Jose Sharks. He was right about th...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  10. Examining NHL playoff officiating

    Craig Custance

    Stephen Walkom, the NHL's director of officiating, implemented a rule. After the league decides on the officials who make the cut to work the next round of the playoffs, there is no complaining from those who don't. No phone calls. No arguing. N...

    Blog | May 05, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Links around the rink: Apr. 30

    Tim Kavanagh

    It's the final day of April, and the final day of playoff existence for three NHL teams. So while the hockey-loving world attempts to affix multiple TVs within one viewable area, let's hit the key links around those games and elsewhere: • ES...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Increasing FA value in the postseason

    Craig Custance

    At the start of the season, Paul Stastny was completely content entering the final year of his contract without a new deal with the Colorado Avalanche. He was 27 years old, had played in a total of 15 career playoff games and was getting to the point...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  16. 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