NHL Blog Beat – May 15, 2012.

Previews of the Conference Finals, commentary on Dale Hunter stepping down as Capitals coach, an open letter to Ryan Suter, hidden playoff injuries revealed, and more.

Zidlicky shining with the Devils.

GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker looks ahead at this week in the NHL (specifically the Conference Finals series), while Jonathan Willis examines why Marek Zidlicky is a success with the Devils after struggling with the Wild.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne suggests Dale Hunter had little choice but to step down as head coach of the Washington Capitals.

RAW CHARGE: Cassie McClellan explains the reason why scoring is down in the playoffs: the defensemen are doing their jobs, silly.

THE VIEW FROM 111: An open letter to Ryan Suter from a Nashville Predators fan. Short version: please don’t go.

THE CANNON: Matt Wagner on the Blue Jackets decision to make Todd Richards their full time coach.

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore notes more good new for the NHL’s American TV ratings.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with his preview and predictions for the Eastern Conference Final.

PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney notes LA’s Staple Center is about to get a serious workout.

FEAR THE FIN: A fond farewell from two of their best bloggers, who are moving on.

DOWN GOES BROWN: A light-hearted look at hidden playoff injuries.