NHL Blog Beat – Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

The NHL playoff race, expanding the outdoor games to six, plus analysis on the Senators, Tyler Bozak, the Blue Jackets and Sabres.

Will the Rangers still be celebrating by month's end?

Will the Rangers still be celebrating by month’s end?

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski examines the “NHL playoff death watch”, including just how much trouble the NY Rangers find themselves in.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Rick Roos on the impact the NHL playoff race has upon fantasy hockey.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne believes the NHL’s plans to expand its outdoor games to six next season is a tad excessive. Ellen Etchingham, meanwhile, looks back on how Anatoli Tarasov, the father of Russian hockey, first delved into the study of advanced statistics.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: David O’Connor on how the injury-ravaged Ottawa Senators are winning a seemingly futile battle.

HOCKEY ANALYSIS: Tyler Bozak by the numbers.

THE CANNON: Matt Wagner on Blue Jackets fans “embracing the lumbus”.

DIE BY THE BLADE: A comparison of Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth using situational save percentage.

SECTION 303: Jeremy K. Gover explains how this year’s upcoming NHL draft lottery could be the silver lining in an otherwise forgettable season for the Nashville Predators.