NHL Blog Beat – April 13, 2012.

More opening round preview and predictions, bold trades paying off for Sharks, Kings and Flyers, wondering if it’s too soon to worry about Luongo, a Bruins fan isn’t convinced his club is the better one in their series with the Capitals, analysis of Oilers GM Tambellini’s “end-of-season” press conference, a new methodology for evaluating the draft, NBC’s big playoff opening night numbers, and the HHOF’s new commercials.

GRANTLAND/ARMCHAIR HOCKEY/THE SPORTS BANK: Katie Baker and Jason Chen offer up their previews and predictions of the NHL’s opening round series, while Ed Cmar analyzes the Blues-Sharks series. And yes, makes a prediction.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski looks at how the big trades made by the Flyers, Kings and Sharks since last summer have panned out so far for them in this year’s playoffs, as well as how a GM of a non-playoff team wound up helping a bunch of other playoff clubs with his trades this season. Care to guess which one before you read Greg’s post?

Too early to worry about Luongo?

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Alexander Monaghan asks, “Is it too early to worry about (Roberto) Luongo?” His answer: Yes, yes, it is. I concur.

STANLEY CUP OF CHOWDER: Ryan Durling isn’t convinced his Bruins are the better team in their series against the Washington Capitals.

MC79HOCKEY.COM: Tyler Dellow on the “end-of-season” press conference of Oilers GM Steve Tambellini.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Andrew Birkshire with an interesting methodology for measuring draft success.

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore has the numbers for NBC’s opening night coverage of the playoffs. And the numbers were good. Very good, in fact.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier links to two witty new commercials for the Hockey Hall of Fame. Great job thinking outside the box to highlight hockey’s shrine to greatness.