NHL playoff first-round predictions, a proposal to destroy the “loser point” system, this season’s top-ten NHL rookies and more in your NHL blog beat.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe gets an early jump on predicting the possible matchups of the opening round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT.COM: Nate Silver makes a radical prosposal toward killing off the NHL’s currently ridiculous “loser point” system.

METROALLSPORTS: Ed Cmar believes the Washington Capitals must take their game to the next level in the playoffs.

Where does Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau rank among this season's top NHL rookies?

Where does Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau rank among this season’s top NHL rookies?

JAPERS’ RINK: The historic goal-scoring dominance of Alexander Ovechkin.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Tom Collins links the top-10 NHL rookies for this season.

NHL NUMBERS: Jonathan Willis believes it’s a buyer’s market this summer for NHL free-agent goalies.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Andrew Berkshire explains why Lars Eller is a lot better than you think.

FOHS FARM REPORT: Scotty Wazz on the unique sponsorship agreement giving the San Jose Sharks’ AHL farm team their new name.

BLUESHIRT BANTER: Calling all aspiring New York Rangers hockey writers. Blueshirt Banter seeks a “moments writer.”

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