NHL Blog Beat – April 28, 2012.

Predictions for the NHL Conference Semi-finals, five terrible hockey narratives, why the NHL won’t crack down on dangerous hits, how to help the on-ice officials, strange but true tales of the Stanley Cup, excuses from this season’s losers, and Brendan Shanahan meets a critic.

PUCK DADDY: The staff’s predictions for the NHL Conference semi-finals, aka, the second round of the playoffs.

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Previews and predictions for the Eastern Conference semis.

ARMCHAIR GM: Jason Chen explains why the Nashville Predators will down the Phoenix Coyotes in six games.

Can the Devils down the Flyers?

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Dan Rice with three reasons why the New Jersey Devils will defeat the Philadelphia Flyers.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham with five terrible hockey narratives and why they need to go. I agree, especially the one about “enigmatic Russians”.

CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin believes the real reason why the NHL doesn’t do more to crack down on dangerous hits is because they really don’t want to solve the problem.

HOCKEYBUZZ: Dee Karl offers up some technological solutions to better aid NHL on-ice officials.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier serves up some strange, but true, tales of the Stanley Cup.

DOWN GOES BROWN: “What went wrong? Excuses from the NHL’s losers”. Here’s a taste:

“Florida Panthers – For some weird reason, didn’t find being pelted by rats whenever we did something right all that inspirational.”

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski with a photo of Brendan Shanahan meeting a critics at a recent NY Rangers-Ottawa Senators game. If you want proof Shanahan doesn’t lose sleep over criticism of his “Shanabans”, this is it.