NHL Blog Beat – January 20, 2014

Check out the latest from this weekend’s collection of hockey blogging goodness, including analysis of P.K. Subban, Ondrej Pavelec, Sidney Crosby, Steve Mason’s new contract and more.

Is racism behind the criticism leveled at P.K. Subban?

Is racism behind the criticism leveled at P.K. Subban?

BLEACHER REPORT: Former NHL.com and Backhand Shelf columnist Dave Lozo examines why Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is such a lightning rod for criticism.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Steve Lepore believes hockey must overcome hockey fans to gain mainstream acceptance, like the disparaging comments toward players like Subban for their goal-scoring celebrations.

BROAD STREET HOCKEY: A few thoughts on the new contract of Flyers goalie Steve Mason.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: Why Ondrej Pavelec isn’t a good starting goaltender.

UNDISCLOSED INJURY: Analysis of David Clarkson’s recent elbow injury.

INSIDE HOCKEY: Ed Cmar on how the Blue Jackets have been succeeding without a team captain.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow on how the NHL can be a brutal league for ageing fourth liners like new Oiler Matt Hendricks.

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: A look at how “retained salary” works in trades under the current CBA.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Bill Schoeninger on how hockey stats are changing.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier on Sidney Crosby being named captain of Team Canada.