Playoff predictions,  analysis of the  Canadiens, Avalanche, Maple Leafs, Predators and more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe recently bid farewell to the regular season, while on his blog DOWN GOES BROWN offers up his predictions for the opening round of the playoffs.

It's NHL Playoff prediction time!

It’s NHL Playoff prediction time!

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne with his preview and predictions of the Western and Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier offers up his predictions for the Eastern and Western Conference quarterfinals.

GOLBEZ’S GROWLINGS: Jes Golbez offers up his Eastern and Western Conference picks and lambasts the Flyers for overpaying Andrew MacDonald.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Eight reasons why the Eastern Conference won’t win the Stanley Cup.

THE ACTIVE STICK: Your 2014 NHL Playoff Bandwagon guide.

HOCKEYBUZZ: Eric Engels with his take on the Canadiens as they approach the playoffs.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert believes the Avalanche’s success this season is unsustainable.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: The pros and cons of the Maple Leafs hiring Brendan Shanahan as their new president.

ON THE FORECHECK: Jeremy Sargent lists three possible candidates for the Nashville Predators’ vacant head coach position.

ISLANDERS INSIGHT: Andy Graziano reflects on the NY Islanders’ performance this season.

UNDISCLOSED INJURY: Eric Morris analyzes on-ice evaluation and management of head and neck injuries.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Enter Dobber’s 2014 Playoff Challenge!