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Big game tonight. Beyond Checkerdome. Numbers. Heads roll in Buffalo. III Communication forgets about Brett Hull. Nazem Kadri does stupid stuff. Power rankings. Tretiak. Andy Kaufman is alive? And the spirit of jazz. The week's almost over.

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Gonna be a fun one tonight. Better buy a Game Time.

Also, click on some things.


  • Beyond Checkerdome Episode 17 posted yesterday. We discuss last week's games, the Oilers' goalie mess and several other things. [SLGT]
  • What's wrong with Chris Stewart? Well, according to Robb . . . pretty much nothing, and he has the numbers behind him. [SLGT]
  • Want more numbers? No? Well, you get them anyway. CanesAndBluesFan is doing a project on the value of goals and had an offshoot, where we find out that most game-winning goals are scored in the late second or early third period. [SLGT]


  • Mile High Hockey is where you need to go to for everything you need to know about tonight's opponent, the Colorado Avalanche(s). [Mile High Hockey]
  • Speaking of the Avs, former Avs Captain Milan Hejduk told a Czech newspaper that he has retired, and will make that news official very soon. [Mile High Hockey]


  • Three games yesterday. The Flyers beat the Penguins (!) (LOL), the Wild(s) beat the Maple Leafs in a shootout and the Stars shut out the Oilers. That's the third consecutive time Edmonton has been shut out at home. That's . . . not good. []
  • Seven games tonight. Not just the Blues and Avalanche(s), but also Coyotes and Blackhawks, Sharks and Canucks and an East/West power tilt between the Ducks and Lightning(s), so a few big ones. []
  • The Sabres, who have been a shitty excuse for a hockey team all season, fired long-time general manager Darcy Regier and short-time head coach Ron Rolston. No GM was hired immediately, but Sabres legend and Hockey Hall of Famer (and St. Louis-born but not St. Louis-raised) Pat LaFontaine was named President of Hockey Operations and former Sabres coach Ted Nolan was named the team's interim head coach. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]
  • JR Lind at III Communication runs down what would happen if every current Central Division team did what the Sabres just did, and hire a blast-from-the-past crew to run their teams. I do believe someone forgot to tell JR that Brett Hull is already in the Blues' front office. [III Communication]
  • Nazem Kadri plowed into Niklas Backstrom in a play that may earn him a call from the league office, but was ejected after hitting Mikael Granlund high . . . possibly in the head. Which might also earn him a call. [SB Nation]
  • Bryan Berard may be missing his right eye, but that didn't stop him from putting the brakes on a huge con job that involved Berard and several other NHLers. Good on ya, lad. [New York Daily News]
  • Ryan Lambert's weekly Power Rankings touches on Matt Moulson, the Nashville Predators, the Hall of Fame, Nail Yakupov and Steven Stamkos, among other things. [Puck Daddy]
  • Speaking of the Perds, they're starting to think that maybe signing Carter Hutton to be the backup wasn't exactly the brightest idea after Pekka Rinne was sidelined. Jonas Hiller? Maybe. [On The Forecheck]
  • Already ruling Stamkos out for Sochi? Not so fast. [CBC]
  • Speaking of Sochi . . . legendary USSR goaltender Vladislav Tretiak recently sat down with Puck Daddy's Dmitry Chesnokov to talk Sochi and other things. [Puck Daddy]
  • Every NHL team imagined as a Mega Man sprite. HOLY NERDGASM, BATMAN. [Reddit Hockey]


  • I love a good conspiracy theory every now and then, but this one on Andy Kaufman seems more than a bit absurd. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe apparently asked the cops if Sonic was still open before he was arrested for pot possession earlier this week. Andy Reid said he'll play Sunday night against the Broncos. [Deadspin]
  • People will go to great lengths to get a discount from Dunkin' Donuts. [Y! Odd News]


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