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Thursday Links - Dog Vs. Invisible Door

You'll get some links, including some interesting ones. But you'll also get to see a dog battle against a door that doesn't exist. Which is fun. Oh, and there's a hockey game tonight. I KNOW, I KNOW, WHAT ARE THOSE?!

Ken Hitchcock is either ready to go again . . . or ready to eat. Whatever.
Ken Hitchcock is either ready to go again . . . or ready to eat. Whatever.
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Hockey game? What is that?!


  • After a few days in Palm Springs on a team bonding trip, the Blues are ready to grease the tires and light the fires in Los Angeles tonight. Brian Elliott is to get tonight's start, while Jake Allen is set to get his first start Saturday in Glendale. [StL Today / Morning Skate]


A couple links for everything about the defending Stanley Cup champions (or, as J-Mill likes to call them, "TAOW" . . . Those Assholes Out West) . . . .

  • We start with Battle of California, or those people that make cartoons and shit all the time. [Battle of California]
  • And then, there's Jewels from the Crown, who just stick with one team and do writing and numbers and stuff. [Jewels from the Crown]


  • Three contests last night. Fuck Detroit. Calgary withstands the onslaught. And defense was optional in the desert. [ 10/15/14]
  • Seven games tonight, including that one in Los Angeles you may have heard about somewhere. [ 10/16/14]
  • PowerScout has tracked the speed of players of every NHL team (save for one). Who tested out well? Well, T.J. Oshie was one . . . which assumes he skated long enough to be tracked without falling over. (S/T to Robb Tufts) [PowerScout Hockey]
  • Ryan Lambert's weekly Power Rankings take on mascots, Trevor Gillies, the Bruins, fanciness and much more. [Puck Daddy]
  • Reports are that the NHL will announce Friday that the 2016 NHL All-Star Game and its' pomp and circumstance festivities will be going to . . . NashVegas! Hell of a town, solid choice. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • Derek Roy was "meh" with the Blues. But here, he talks about some stuff with Mike Mazzarone and AlternativeNation, including that time he started a band with ANOTHER Blues underperformer from last season . . . Ryan Miller! Wooo. [AlternativeNation]
  • Players are being warned as part of the new diving/embellishment rules, but the NHL isn't revealing WHO is being warned. [Puck Daddy]
  • Jake Muzzin, Kings defenseman and one of the darlings of the Fancy Stats community, signed a five-year extension yesterday. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • The World Cup of Hockey seems nigh. Joe Yerdon explains why, with its' existence, we should have not much of a problem ditching the Olympics. [SB Nation]
  • Tyler Myers has started to turn around but really, the Sabres would probably have no problem being rid of him. The Red Wings could be interested. And I'd laugh if this happened, because #PeopleNamedTylerSuckAtHockey. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • GREAT NEWS: Tim Bozon is back with the Kootenay Ice and may play his first game since last season's prolonged illness Friday. [Y! / Buzzing the Net]


  • I need to read this later, but for now . . . here's a story on an East St. Louis football coach and his attempts to bridge the racial divide in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting. [SB Nation / Longform]
  • What you need to know about SBN's GIF Oracle, including some categories. (S/T to I_AM_SPARTACUS) [SB Nation]
  • Nothing you know about baseball is real. The Royals are going to the World Series. Have yourselves a Goddamn postseason and a few Boulevard Unfiltered Wheats, Kansas City. [SB Nation]


This family has convinced this dog that the sliding door is closed and (s)he can't get in the house. (S/T to Kate):


Tomorrow is Friday, but I've got those links this week too. Announcement AND your next video theme tomorrow. Send your links and stupid animal tricks here:

And be on the lookout for Episode 56 of Beyond Checkerdome later today! It's another long one, but trust me, it's a good one.