More playoff previews, predictions and reviews as the NHL’s 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin.
BACKHAND SHELF: Jake Goldsbie with a helpful guide on how to stay sane during the playoffs. I wouldn’t recommend heavy alcohol consumption, but it has worked for me.
PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: A reaction to the hissy fit raised by some Toronto pundits because media-shy Phil Kessel recently blew them off.
THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Joseph Vito DeLuca on the Sabres epic season-ending PR failure, which included raising ticket prices despite missing the playoffs.
LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: The User Manual for the 2013 NY Islanders Bandwagon. Caution: may be unsafe at any speed.
DRIVING PLAY: Analysis of shot differentials by NHL teams from 1995 to 2013. Bottom line: teams which outshoot their opponents make the playoffs, proving Wayne Gretzky’s adage that you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.
THE PREDATORIAL: The pros and cons of the Predators retaining or trading their first round pick (fourth overall) in this year’s entry draft. I say they keep it and land a goalscorer.
DIE BY THE BLADE: The shortened NHL season was actually pretty good.
GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: On this date in 1982, “Towel Power” was born, courtesy of Roger Nielson and the Vancouver Canucks.
HOCKEY TIME MACHINE: Meet Marguerite Norris, the first female executive in NHL history.
DOBBER HOCKEY: Rick Roos lists several more players for fantasy hockey GMs to downgrade for next season.
PUCKS, GUTS AND GLORY: NHL history girl Jen has a touching story about former Rangers tough guy Nick Fotiu and his marshmallow heart.