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  1. Islanders maturing into Eastern power

    Craig Custance

    John Tavares will tell you that the New York Islanders haven't always been this mentally tough. They haven't always been able to shake off a couple of losses, dig in and move on. Twice this month, the Islanders blew three-goal leads. Those are the...

    Blog | December 22, 2014
  2. Penguins, Wild off to fast starts

    Craig Custance

    If it were the same old factors that made the Pittsburgh Penguins successful in the past driving their recent five-game win streak, there would be no special reason for optimism. However, since losing to Detroit in overtime on Oct. 23, Pittsburgh ...

    Blog | November 05, 2014
  3. How Trotz can transform the Capitals

    Craig Custance

    It all started so promising. The Washington Capitals jumped out to a 3-0-2 start this season. The summer moves made by GM Brian MacLellan were the right fixes. Barry Trotz was the coaching savior. But the playoffs can't be clinched in the first...

    Blog | November 04, 2014
  4. Where Blues stand against top contenders

    Craig Custance

    With the St. Louis Blues having been knocked out of the playoffs by some of the best teams in hockey the past few springs, the theory went like this: Coach Ken Hitchcock would measure the progress of the Blues during this regular season on how they d...

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  5. Ten takeaways from opening weekend

    Craig Custance

    Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau understood the sentiment, but quickly shot down the suggestion. It's October. The most meaningful games aren't played until the spring. Teams that are coming off a long playoff run or have huge postseason aspiration...

    Blog | October 13, 2014
  6. Chasing the Kings: Metropolitan Division

    Craig Custance

    The Pacific may be the home of the defending champs, and the Central may be the league's deepest and strongest division. But no division comes with more intrigue than the Metropolitan, a division where nearly every team can make the playoffs. Or not....

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Mike Richards finding game at right time

    Craig Custance

    NEW YORK -- Talk to Mike Richards' teammates with the Los Angeles Kings, and inevitably the conversation moves to the conclusion that he's a winner. He has won at every level. He's got a Memorial Cup, a Calder Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a Stan...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  14. Rangers RFAs driving up price tags

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- There are some NHL players who barely watch hockey when they're not playing. There are some guys who couldn't tell you how teams or players in the other conference are performing. There are some players who haven't watched five min...

    Blog | June 07, 2014
  15. 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
  16. 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