NHL Blog Beat – St. Patrick’s Day 2012.

The NHL’s big problem…Ten ways to improve the NHL…Fehr tactics…Where will Kuznetsov go next season?…The inevitability of mathematical elimination…”Because It’s The Cup – Blue Jackets style!”…A look inside the NHL’s 50-goal club.

BLACKHAWK UP: Cody Pugh believes the NHL’s big problem remains a lack of scoring. I still say the best way to address this isn’t to enlarge the nets, but reduce the size of goalie equipment.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Brad Burud offers up ten ways to improve the NHL.

Why is Fehr stalling on CBA talks?

CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin explains the rationale behind the NHLPA’s stall tactics in opening CBA talks with the league. And no, it’s not because Donald Fehr is being a jerk. Once you read Tom’s post, you’ll understand.

PUCK DADDY: Dmitry Chesnokov reports where Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov could play next season remains a mystery. Oh, those Russians, always being mysterious.

BACKHAND SHELF: Daniel Wagner on the inevitability of mathematical elimination. It’s gotta be tough on teams who know they don’t stand a chance of making the playoffs to get up for games at this point in the season. Those who are playing for jobs will have motivation, but those already under contract probably find it tougher.

THE DARK BLUE JACKET: presents the Blue Jackets version of the NHL’s new “Because It’s The Cup” promotional campaign. Because sometimes, when you’re down and out, the only thing that can save you is finding humor in the dark times.

DOWN GOES BROWN: Presents an inside look at the NHL’s 50-goal club. My favorite one:

“1975 - Boston Bruins legend Phil Esposito’s fifth 50-goal season turns out to be the final one of his career, thanks to his annoying new coach who spends the entire game repeatedly asking all the players to remind him which province they were born in.”