NHL Blog Beat – April 19, 2014

Playoff analyses, voting for the NHL awards, commentary on the Canucks, Jets and more in today’s collections of hockey blogging goodness.

Some observers aren't fond of the NHL's new playoff format.

Some observers aren’t fond of the NHL’s new playoff format.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert once again explains why he isn’t a fan of the new NHL playoff format.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe looks back at the NHL week that was.

BACKHAND SHELF: Jason Bourne (a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association) reveals how he voted for this year’s NHL awards.

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT SPORTS: Neil Paine explains why a hot goalie isn’t a better one.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Five breakout candidates for the NHL playoffs.

VAVEL.COM: Justin Halbersma on Kris Letang’s recovery from a stroke to return to NHL action.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: How the Winnipeg Jets should better manage their assets.

NUCKS MISCONDUCT: Analysis of the potential changes facing the Vancouver Canucks.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow examines the performance of Columbus Blue Jackets defensemen Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski.