Commentary on the Coyotes and Kings, a look at the NHL playoffs so far, the latest on the Bruins, Maple Leafs, and Bruins, and more.


Was this a dirty hit?

BACKHAND SHELF: Chris Lund with an excellent breakdown of LA Kings captain Dustin Brown’s controversial hit on Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival and why it wasn’t dirty or worthy of suspension.

PUCK DADDY: In the wake of the Kings series-ending overtime victory against the Coyotes, Greg Wyshynski looks at when, historically, overtime goals are most likely to be scored.

GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker looks at this week’s NHL playoff series, and other notable NHL news.

BRODEUR IS A FRAUD: Is Coyotes goalie Mike Smith really as good as he was this season, or was it a fluke?

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Alexander Monaghan wonders if the Coyotes can build on their success of this season.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Bob Mand speculates over the possibility of the Bruins trading Tim Thomas.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Steve Burtch on why signing a veteran goalie might not help the Toronto Maple Leafs.

CBS NEW YORK: BD Gallof suggests NY Islanders GM Garth Snow could have a tough time selling unrestricted free agents on joining his team.

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore is headed to SB Nation. Best of luck!