Reasons the Kings missed the playoffs, analysis of the Leafs housecleaning, the Predators last-season stumbles, the Wings goaltending and more. 

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Why did the defending champion Kings miss the playoffs?

Why did the defending champion Kings miss the playoffs?

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski lists six reason the defending Stanley Cup champion LA Kings missed the playoffs, while Ryan Lambert looks at mediocre goalies with worth-beating stats.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe delves into his weekly NHL grab bag for the latest notable news.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Thoughts on the Toronto Maple Leafs front-office housecleaning, aka “Bloody Sunday” or “Dawn of the Dead.”

ON THE FORECHECK: Jonathan Garcia examines the Nashville Predators late-season struggles.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: Will Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek get the call between the pipes in the Red Wings opening round series against the Lightning?

NHLNUMBERS: Cam Lewis believes the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators have suffered from “rental flops”.

ISLANDERS INSIGHT: Andy Graziano reflects on the New York Islanders history at the Nassau Coliseum.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier has the history of notable Stanley Cup traditions.