NHL Blog Beat – October 18, 2013.

Are Corsi numbers really that predictive? Is the Western Conference better than the Eastern? What will the NHL look like in 33 years? All this and more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness!

SB NATION: “Eric T” examines if Corsi is really as predictive as some believe, while Bruce Ciskie calls upon the NHLPA to make the players more accountable for their on-ice actions.

Hall of Famer Ed Belfour was among the NHL's greatest well-traveled players.

Hall of Famer Ed Belfour was among the NHL’s greatest well-traveled players.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe looks into the dominance of Western Conference clubs, and lists the ten greatest well-traveled NHL players.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne lists the biggest surprises and disappointments of this NHL season thus far, while Dave Lozo looks at where the NHL might be in 33 years time (among other things) in his weekly “bag skate”.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Ryan Womendorf lists five things Buffalo Sabres fan can be positive about, while Matt Schreiber looks at Capitals GM George McPhee’s roster moves.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert suggests hockey’s value system may be irrevocably broken.

ITS NOT PART OF THE GAME: The days of NHL enforcers are numbered.

DOBBER HOCKEY: A look at some quality backups for fantasy GMs.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier honors the 20th anniversary of the Anaheim Ducks by listing its 20 greatest players in franchise history.