NHL Blog Beat – April 14, 2014

Which playoff wild cards could stage upsets in the first round, 8 reasons why the Western Conference won ‘t win the Stanley Cup, analysis of the Leafs, Canucks and more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe dips into his NHL grab bag for analysis of last week’s notable news.

Could the Blue Jackets pull off a first round upset?

Could the Blue Jackets pull off a first round upset?

SB NATION: Adam Gretz looks at which wild card teams could stage first-round upsets.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Listing the reasons why the Western Conference won’t win this year’s Stanley Cup.

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: Dan Saraceni helps break down just how bad the non-playoff teams really are.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne lists 23 players you can’t believe didn’t become NHL stars.

VINTAGE LEAF MEMORIES: Michael Langlois assesses the “must keep” Leafs for next season.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Peter Chau on the Canucks’ low point.

UNDISCLOSED INJURY: Eric Morris has a collection of his recent work at Sports Injury Alert.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier looks back on the career of Ryan Smyth.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Terry Campkin lists his “all-geek” fantasy team of 2014.