NHL Blog Beat – May 2, 2014

NHL playoff analysis and predictions, reaction to the Canucks firing John Tortorella, the arrival of Nathan MacKinnon and more. 

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe with tips for fans of teams eliminated from the playoffs on how to pick a bandwagon club.

THE SCORE: Justin Bourne on how teams cope with long layoffs between playoff rounds.

Nathan MacKinnon had a memorable NHL playoff debut.

Nathan MacKinnon had a memorable NHL playoff debut.

GOLBEZ’S GROWLINGS: Jes Golbez with his picks for the second round and more.

SB NATION: Evan Sporer believes Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon’s solid performance against the Wild truly signified his arrival as an NHL star.

NUCKS MISCONDUCT: Sean Larson reacts to the Canucks firing coach John Tortorella.

FEAR THE FIN: Reaction to the Sharks stunning first-round collapse to the Los Angeles Kings.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: The Winnipeg Jets are stuck in the “loser zone”.