Saturday Links: No Man is an Island...er

"Jaden Schwartz and Giana Cardonita, an honorary member of the Yale Women's Hockey team and brain cancer survivor, dropped the puck for the ceremonial faceoff." - lugnut92 on Imgur

The Blues White Out, #RoyWatch is back on, Kyle Okposo's daughter's dad can beat your dad at hockey, STL > SF... ...you know what? The puck drops in just a few hours. Get to clicking, bub.

After a very emotional pit stop, the Note is back at their tour of Gotham today as they play on the Longest of Islands. But not before we thoroughly recap last night's events from Connecticut.

BLUES NEWS:

  • The Blues spent yesterday at Ingalls Rink at Yale University with the White Out For Mandi event. The game drew a crowd of 1,125, a Yale women's hockey home game record. [STLToday]
  • Here you'll find a short interview Chris Kerber had with Jaden Schwartz on the emotional weight of the event, how the rest of the team got involved, and the huge impact the Mandi Schwartz Foundation has had in just a few short years. [Blues]
  • Fearless Leader Hildy passes along some photos from the event, including the game program thanking the Blues organization and the fans in attendance. [imgur]
  • Now on to today's game against the Brooklyn New York Islanders, which PROGRAMMING ALERT: DROPS THE PUCK AT 12:00 CENTRAL TIME! Plan your drinking cycle accordingly. BTW, you'll notice in the STLToday link above two important notes for today's game: A) Alexander Steen did not practice yesterday and is considered doubtful today, & B) Jaroslav Halak is expected to get the start between the pipes.
  • Derek Roy was a healthy scratch against the Rangers on Thursday (which I must have missed completely), and he's gotten the message. At least now he has. Roy hasn't scored a goal in his last 18 games and only has one (1) point in his last 6. Although in his defense, it's a bit harder to score when you're being relegated to fourth line duties. Also, he might be getting nervous since he's 5 points away from breaking through the #RoyWatch barrier. [STLToday]

KNOW YOUR ENEMY - THE BROOKLYN NEW YORK ISLANDERS:

  • Our pal Dominik previews today's matinee on the hipsterest hockey blog on SBNation (or at least it will be when the Isle finally leave Nassau), LHH. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Usually, I'd say fuck the New York Post, but this is a pretty good piece on how Kyle Okposo has been tearing up the league since he became a father for the first time earlier this month. [New York Post]

HOCKEY NEWS:

  • Your scores from yesterday. The big story being Eric Nystrom scoring 4 goals for the Perds Predators, though the Flames got the last laugh in the shootout 5-4. [NHL.com 1/24]
  • Ten games today, including 2 other matinees besides Blues-Isles. The big highlight of the day, however... [NHL.com 1/25]
  • ...is tonight's Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium between the Ducks & Kings. But what exactly is the difference between this Stadium Series game & the Winter Classic? The Royal Half is here to help, with such distinctions as "[One game's] home team has a US Olympic goaltender who has won the Stanley Cup & the Conn Smythe Trophy...[while the other game's] home team has a US Olympic goaltender who recently pooped himself." Puck drops at 8:30 central time on NBCSN. [The Royal Half]
  • Here's Tyler & the rest of the Conference III weekly roundtable from yesterday. [III Communication]
  • If you were hoping the Blues would sign Patrick Marleau and/or Joe Thornton as UFAs this summer...that's random and strange, though I guess only a little bit stupid. But none of that matters now, because they've both signed 3-year extensions with the Sharks. [Fear the Fin]
  • Penguins Capitals Rangers KHL Flyers Stars Bruins Devils winger Jaromir Jagr tied his former line mate-turned boss-turned boss/line mate-turned apparent nemesis Mario Lemieux for 10th place all-time with his 1,033rd career NHL assist. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Adam Gretz crunches some numbers and tries to find which NHL "enforcers" are the best at actually playing real hockey. Ryan Reaves shows pretty nicely, but I probably didn't have to tell you that. [SBNation NHL]

UN-HOCKEY THINGS:

  • Here's a story that will make our British Game Timers shit their pants: an old deserted Soviet-era cruise ship full of "hundreds" of hungry cannibalistic rats is adrift in the north Atlantic and may be pushed ashore by an upcoming winter storm somewhere in the UK or Ireland. And surprise-surprise: it's all fucking Canada's fault! Stick-tap to CrossCheckRaise. [Gawker]
  • CCR gets another S/T for this great collection of some of the oldest pubs in the world, some that are several centuries old - one even dates back nearly 1,100 years! Some of these were frequented by such figures as James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin, Copernicus, Queen Elizabeth, Robin Hood, even Richard the Lionhearted. [THRILLIST]
  • Sure San Fransisco might have a better football team, but according to John Wheatley, co-founder of DailyBooth, St. Louis is becoming a much more desirable location for tech start-up companies, for several reasons. Also, Yadier Molina > Buster Posey. But you already knew that. [NeedWant]
  • Fist bumps aren't just cool, they're also good for your health. Science Saturday knows what's up. [Mental_Floss]

VIDEOS:

Angela earns a stick-tap passing along this local news report on White Out For Mandi night (local meaning Connecticut, that is). Good stuff.


The Bad Lip Readers watched some more football, and boy did they get some quality material out of it!


Lots of people getting tapped sticks today - would you like to join in on the fun? That's a stupid question, of course you do...so just send me some links!

Once again, today's game against the Islanders is at 12:00 noon central, which means: A) our Euro Game Timers finally have a game at a decent hour & B) you should check back throughout the morning for previews & your GDT.

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