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  1. How Stanley Cup contenders can overcome Achilles heels in 2014-15...

    Sam Hitchcock

    The Blackhawks, Bruins, Kings, Penguins and Ducks all have a significant flaw. Sam Hitchcock of Hockey Prospectus explains how each of them can overcome that Achilles' heel.

    Story | Conversation | September 30, 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. 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
  4. 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
  5. Los Angeles Kings trio chasing Rangers Henrik Lundqvist for Conn ...

    Tom Awad

    Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus provides a look at how the Conn Smythe race stacks up heading into the 2014 Stanley Cup finals between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers.

    Story | Conversation | June 02, 2014
  6. How the Blackhawks reload for 2014-15

    Craig Custance

    If there was a team that could repeat, it was this one. Led by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks are as good as any team in the league. They know how to win in the postseason. They're deep, experienced and everything else you'd ...

    Blog | June 01, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Chicago Blackhawks dominate the playoff player rankings - NHL Pla...

    Tom Awad

    Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus provides a look at the best players remaining in the postseason at all positions, with a goaltender topping the ranks.

    Story | Conversation | May 19, 2014
  10. Capitals' quiet coaching, GM search

    Craig Custance

    Now that we've addressed the potential coaching moves in Pittsburgh, a few questions from the Friday mailbag: Are the Caps really putting off their search because of the Wizards playoff run? Wouldn't that be a terrible way to run a franchise? Or d...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Under scrutiny, Matt Cooke returns

    Craig Custance

    Kris Letang said he has never faced Matt Cooke in an NHL game, which puts him among the fortunate few for NHL defensemen. "Yeah," he said, smiling. "Lucky me." But he doesn't need experience to know that Cooke is a pain in the rear to play agai...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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