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.
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.”