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May 30, 2013

NHL Playoffs, Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings

by Jonathan Willis

The Western Conference Finals match the Eastern Conference Finals in marquis value, featuring the 2010 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks facing the 2012 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

May 14, 2013

NHL Playoffs, Second Round: Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks

by Jonathan Willis

The Los Angeles Kings have already had a tougher go in one round of the 2013 playoffs (falling behind 2-0 to the St. Louis Blues) than they did in four rounds of the 2012 postseason. But if the up-and-down San Jose Sharks are really the dominant club that dispatched the Vancouver Canucks with comparative ease, this could be a difficult test for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

May 1, 2013

NHL Playoffs, First Round: Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks

by Jonathan Willis

The Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks are two teams that have had a great deal of success over the past several seasons, but that have been ultimately viewed as postseason disappointments. One will fail yet again, but one will move on.

April 30, 2013

NHL Playoffs, First Round: Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings

by Jonathan Willis

Anaheim started the season on fire and played well enough to finish with the fifth-best goal differential in the NHL. Meanwhile, the Lidstrom-less Red Wings went until Game 48 before they qualified for the playoffs. It may be a mismatch at a glance, but as we dig into the numbers, it could be an upset in the making.

April 8, 2013

Angles and Caroms: Reset And Refresh Mode

by Jonathan Willis

Doug Wilson's Sharks have solidified their playoff chances after being more of a seller than a buyer at the trading deadline.

April 4, 2013

Trade Deadline: The Template

by Jonathan Willis

In his first major test as the general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Jarmo Kekalainen set the standard for what every bubble team should aspire to at the annual NHL trade deadline.

March 25, 2013

Trade Deadline: Overpay For Murray

by Jonathan Willis

In their second move in as many days, the Penguins added big veteran defenseman Douglas Murray to their mix.

March 20, 2013

Angles and Caroms: No Choice For The Ducks

by Jonathan Willis

Anaheim GM Bob Murray had no choice. He had to re-sign his biggest stars, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, to long extensions.

March 13, 2013

Angles and Caroms: Power Forwards

by Jonathan Willis

Along with top-tier defensemen, it seems like teams are always looking to add a power forward to their mix. Expect these 10 power forwards on the verge of free agency to be sought-after targets over the summer and key rentals as the trade deadline nears.

February 1, 2013

Angles and Caroms: Canucks Goaltending Conundrum

by Jonathan Willis

First, it was Luongo as the clear number one, then Schneider, with Luongo halfway out the door in Vancouver. Now what?

November 30, 2012

Angles and Caroms: Tampa Bay Finding Success In Unconventional Places

by Jonathan Willis

Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate set a professional hockey record with 28 consecutive wins en route to a championship in 2011-12. This season has also started off well, with the team's success highlighting the Bolts' willingness to do smart, unconventional things.

November 16, 2012

Angles and Caroms: Struggles Of Kane And Pavelski Highlight Differences Between KHL And NHL

by Jonathan Willis

How can NHL stars Evander Kane and Joe Pavelski be scuffling overseas, while journeyman Tim Stapleton is thriving?

April 27, 2012

NHL Playoffs, Second Round: New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals

by Jonathan Willis

Is this the year that the Washington Capitals underperform in the regular season only to surprise us in the playoffs?

April 25, 2012

Prospectus Roundtable: Can Nashville Win The Stanley Cup?

by and ESPN Insider

A case for and against the Predators winning the NHL's coveted prize.

April 12, 2012

NHL Playoffs, First Round: St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks

by Jonathan Willis

Usually one of the top seeds in the West, San Jose snuck into the playoffs in the last week of the season. They're matched against the up-and-coming Blues, who haven't won a playoff game yet since the lockout.

April 6, 2012

Angles and Caroms: Florida's Paper Resurgence

by Jonathan Willis

The Panthers are on the verge of entering the postseason as the three seed in the Eastern Conference, but have they really improved?

March 21, 2012

Angles and Caroms: Return Of The Goaltenders

by Jonathan Willis

For Martin Brodeur, Ilya Bryzgalov and Semyon Varlamov, the last half of the NHLís 2011-12 season has been a chance to recover from disastrous starts.

February 25, 2012

Angles and Caroms: For Kings, Jeff Carter Trade Is Big Deal

by Jonathan Willis and ESPN Insider

In a single move, L.A. added a scorer and dismissed declining D-man Jack Johnson.

February 16, 2012

Deadline Deals: Southeast Division

by Jonathan Willis and ESPN Insider

Washington and Florida could partner up with Anaheim and Montreal for blue-line help.

January 25, 2012

Angles and Caroms: From Defensive Anchor To Boat Anchor: How Chris Pronger Became A Salary Cap Nightmare

by Jonathan Willis

Signing a player over the age of 35 to a long-term contract is a terrible risk under the current CBA, and it's one that has backfired on Philadelphia.

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