A guide to the rest of the regular season, commentary on the Maple Leafs and Avalanche, the playoff race and more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe has your guide to the remainder of the NHL’s regular season schedule, plus a breakdown of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne explains why he believes the Colorado Avalanche will be smoked by the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs, and looks at how Mark Giordano prevented the Calgary Flames from being totally horrible this season.

Why won't the Maple Leafs take their poor puck possession stats seriously?

Why won’t the Maple Leafs take their poor puck possession stats seriously?

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow shakes his head over the Maple Leafs’ stubborn unwillingness to acknowledge their poor analytic numbers this season.

SB NATION: Adam Gretz examines if it really matters for playoff contenders to have a strong regular season finish.

STANLEY CUP OF CHOWDER: Gus Booth recently broke down the Eastern Conference playoff bubble.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Walter McLaughlin explores the single biggest strength and weakness of the Eastern playoff contenders.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: The best and worst puck possession defensemen in the NHL.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier takes a sneak peak at this year’s upcoming hockey books.