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  1. How the Conn Smythe will be won

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- Before the Stanley Cup finals, last year's Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane had already scored 67 percent of his playoff goals. The previous year, before stopping a single shot against the New Jersey Devils, Jonathan Quick had made 75 p...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. NHL Playoffs 2014 - How goalies in playoffs stack up

    Matthew Coller

    Matthew Coller of Hockey Prospectus reintroduces the Goalie Heat Index to project which netminders can get hot and steal a series in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    Story | Conversation | April 16, 2014
  13. Ranking postseason defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the playoffs underway, we're ranking the top playoff teams by position. On Monday, the forward groups were ranked. Today, here's the ranking of the 16 playoff defenseman groups: 1. St. Louis Bl...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  14. One key stat plus a prediction for every series - NHL Playoffs 20...

    Matthew Coller and Ryan Wagman

    Matthew Coller and Ryan Wagman of Hockey Prospectus identify one key stat for every NHL playoff series, weighing in with their prediction on whether the trend will continue as well as picking a winner in each series.

    Story | Conversation | April 15, 2014
  15. Ranking the postseason forward groups

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the playoffs officially underway, we're ranking all 16 playoff teams by position. Up first, we'll rank the forward groups. Note that the Corsi stats are courtesy of ExtraSkater.com, while the other s...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  16. Improving the NHL playoff format

    Craig Custance

    When the question was first posed to fans, the response from many was natural: Why fix something that's perfect? NHL playoff hockey is as good a product as there is. A playoff hockey game is better than anything played in March on college basketba...

    Blog | April 11, 2014