Analysis of the Capitals decline, how Sidney Crosby carried the Penguins this season, the best possible NHL first-round matchups and more in today’s collections of hockey blogging goodness.
BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne suggests complaints over Alexander Ovechkin’s weak backchecking in a recent game was overblown.
RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS: Peter Hassett with arguments for and against firing Capitals head coach Adam Oates.
JAPERS’ RINK: Reviewing the Capitals death march through the month of March.
SB NATION: Adam Gretz explains how Sidney Crosby has carried the Penguins this season.
GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe ranks the best possible NHL matchups in the opening round of the upcoming playoffs.
ISLANDERS INSIGHT: Andy Graziano weighs in on recent speculation the NY Islanders could be sold to Philadelphia lawyer Andrew Barroway.
DOBBER HOCKEY: Eric Daoust on the impact of injuries for fantasy GMs.
THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Kathy Mizera on the emotional toll of playoff elimination.
THE PREDATORIAL: Kristopher Martel examines if it is time for the Nashville Predators to engage in an overhaul.
LITTER BOX CATS: Francisco Oporta explores the reasons behind the hatred among NHL fans and pundits of the Sunbelt franchises.