A review of Raffi Torres’ suspension appeal documents, the Conn Smythe candidates for each remaining NHL playoff team, why the LA Kings will win the West, making the case for Dale Tallon as NHL GM of the year, New England students face punishment for racist tweets aimed at Joel Ward, the highest rated NHL playoff games on American cable, and a humorous preview of the World Hockey Championships.

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Eric Macarmalla examines the important points in the appeal documents filed by Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres.

BACKHAND SHELF: Daniel Wagner lists the Conn Smythe Trophy candidates for the remaining NHL playoff teams so far.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Tom Yawney explains why he believes the LA Kings will become the Western Conference champs, a view which isn’t as far-fetched as it may have seemed a month ago.

Making the case for Tallon as GM of the year.

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Bill Whitehead makes the case for Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers to become this year’s NHL GM of the Year.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski cites reports indicating several New England students are facing punishment for racist remarks they posted on Twitter aimed at Capitals forward Joel Ward. These students are about to receive their first real life lesson: Actions have consequences.

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore has the ratings for the ten most view NHL playoff games on American cable so far this spring. Spoiler alert: it’s dominated by Eastern-based teams.

DOWN GOES BROWN: An irreverent preview of this year’s World Hockey Championships.