NHL Blog Beat – Friday, April 26, 2013.

The NHL Playoff Death watch is nearly over, the NHL week in review, possible playoff matchups and much more.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski’s NHL playoff death watch is winding down, while Ryan Lambert explains why Hart Trophy winners don’t have to come from playoff teams.

GRANTLAND: Katie Baker‘s NHL week in review, while Sean McIndoe gets fired up over 12 potential NHL playoff matchups.

Could Tuukka Rask be a Vezina Trophy candidate this season?

Could Tuukka Rask be a Vezina Trophy candidate this season?

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Ian C McLaren makes the case for Tuukka Rask garnering a Vezina Trophy nomination.

JEWELS FROM THE CROWN: Dustin Brown’s recent suspension is another example of the inconsistency of NHL discipline.

MC79HOCKEY.COM: Tyler Dellow’s thoughts on Randy Carlyle and Taylor Hall.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: Making the case for Brian Elliott to win the Hart Trophy. Not strong enough in my opinion, but there’s no doubt he saved the Blues season.

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan suggests Rick DiPietro’s demotion could be a reason behind the Islanders making the playoffs.

SMASHVILLE 24/7: Ryan Porth on why optimism exists for the Predators despite a disappointing season.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: On this date in 1975, the NY Islanders became the second team in NHL history to rally from a 0-3 deficit to win a playoff series.

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: Ilya Bryzgalov to join a Tibetan Monastery in the off-season. OK, not true, but it does seem like something he’d do.