Playoff analysis, declining scoring in the Eastern Conference, Mike Babcock’s possible departure from Detroit and much more in your NHL Blog Beat.

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GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe has a handy controversial NHL playoff goal quiz, plus a 10-step guide for caring about the IIHF World Championships.

NHLNUMBERS: Cam Lewis examines what factor luck plays in being an NHL “cinderella team.”

Has winning the President's Trophy hurt the Rangers?

Has winning the President’s Trophy hurt the Rangers?

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Trevor Kraus explores which game, statistically, is most important in an NHL playoff series.

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT.COM: Neil Paine writes there’s no President’ Trophy curse, but that might not help the New York Rangers.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: If the Red Wings are to part ways with coach Mike Babcock, they must do it smart.

THE CANNON: Jeff Little examines where all the scoring has gone in the Eastern Conference.

THE PINK PUCK: Is Ray Shero the right choice for general manager of the New Jersey Devils?

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: (Too) frequently asked questions about sexism and the NHL.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Chris Pudsey lists this season’s best free-agent signings.

SILVER SEVEN SENS: Happy trails to site manager Amelia L, who is moving on after four years to other creative challenges.

FOHS FARM REPORT: Scotty Wazz previews the second round of the AHL’s Calder Cup playoffs.