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Thursday Links - Ol' No. 7 and The HillBenders

It's game day! Prepare for it with some links, a new podcast, a song about Jack Daniel's, an alt-country band from southern Missouri, Mark Donnelly AND something to get you ready for tonight's game featuring two reunited linemates. LET'S GO BLUES.

"HEY GUYS, GAMES THAT COUNT!" "WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"HEY GUYS, GAMES THAT COUNT!" "WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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It's October . . . AND it's hockey season. Yay!

BLUES NEWS:

  • Podcast! Episode 55 of Beyond Checkerdome has arrived. We had Managing Editor of the print edition, Brad Lee, on with us. We drank beers, talked 55's and previewed Conference III/the Central Division. [SLGT]
  • The Blues made the termination of Peter Mueller official. Good. Fuck him. I hope he stays in Europe this time and we never hear from him again. [NHL.com]
  • Hitch offers his (and the rest of the coaching staff's) thoughts on the Opening Night roster. [StL Today / Morning Skate]
  • The staff recently got access to something of an SB Nation "Meme-Maker". Our Prospects Department gives it his first whirl, and I tell ya . . . I like it! [SLGT FanPosts]
  • Someone has questions for us about NHL GameCenter LIVE. My thoughts? Save your money . . . hopefully my piece on that issue will be in the print edition of St. Louis Game Time shortly. Thanks for the question, bleedblue942! [SLGT FanPosts]
  • CanesAndBluesFan grades the offseason of the Eastern Conference teams . . . [SLGT] . . . and the Western Conference teams. [SLGT]

KNOW YOUR ENEMY--THE NEW YORK RANGERS:

  • Now that the season is ACTUALLY starting, I'll let you know about the other websites to visit for Blues opponents. And we start with Blueshirt Banter, the SB Nation blog of the Rangers, who just (as expected) named Ryan McDonagh their Captain on Tuesday. [Blueshirt Banter]

HOCKEY NEWS:

  • Scores from last night. Four of them. REAL. HOCKEY. GAMES. [NHL.com 10/08/14]
  • And here's what's on tap tonight. Twelve games, including the one in St. Louis tonight you may have heard about. [NHL.com 10/09/14]
  • Need a primer on #FancyStats? Well, Reddit (for once) has you covered on something useful! a Subreddit on #FancyStats! (S/T to Robb Tufts) [Reddit]
  • How each of the 30 NHL teams got its' nickname. [mental_floss]
  • The dean of North American sports commissioners? Well, once Bud Selig officially steps down after the Major League Baseball season . . . it'll be none other than your favorite shithead and mine, Gary Bettman! (S/T to adroq) [Y! News / AP]
  • J.R. Lind opens the Conference III season with an essay about divides, and it is--as you probably would expect--brilliant. [III Communication]
  • Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie, TSN's hockey insiders, will appear on NBCSN broadcasts this season. If they can both replace Keith Jones and Mike Milbury eventually, I will be so fucking happy. [SB Nation]
  • The path to the NHL Department of Player Safety is by being a former Blue, clearly. Chris Pronger will reportedly join that office in some capacity and not rule on any Flyers matters as he's still under contract with them. Brendan Shanahan once headed this department. It is headed by Stephane Quintal now. Jesus Christ. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • A great parody of intermission interviews, involving a guy named Generic Canuck and a lot of sweat. (S/T to HallPlante) [Pass It To Bulis]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs stink, and we don't need fancy stats to prove this anymore. JUST LOOK AT THEIR FUCKING ZAMBONI, MAN. [Puck Daddy]
  • James Mirtle has the average height, weight and age of every team in the NHL, and has them ranked. The Blues are 5th in weight, 21st in height and 12th in age. [A Hockey Journalist's Blog]
  • Martin Brodeur is still without a job and still hasn't retired. He says he doesn't want to steal anyone's job. Well, hey, the NHL's 30 teams seem to agree with you, Marty. [Puck Daddy]
  • The NHL and its' officials have reportedly agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement. (It was first reported by Ken Campbell, but I don't particularly care for that guy, so any chance I get to not link to him, I take.) [SI]
  • Ryan Lambert was busy yesterday. First, his weekly Power Rankings piece takes on judgments of goaltending, the Bruins, trading defensemen, the ownership situation of the Coyotes and more. [Puck Daddy]
  • Then, Lambert has his "Thinking Fan's Guide to the 2014-15 NHL Season". It's basically the possession tendencies of each team, sorted from shittiest to best. Yes, the Blues are one of the best. [Deadspin]
  • Nick Cotsonika looks at his top ten Stanley Cup contenders. Check out number three! Damnit, Nick. [Y! Sports]
  • Meanwhile, the Puck Daddy crew makes their Stanley Cup picks. Goddamnit, Wysh and McCaig. [Puck Daddy]
  • Before that, the same panel had Eastern Conference predictions. [Puck Daddy]

OTHER SHIT:

  • Sabres owner Terry Pegula and his wife Kim are now officially the owners of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, paying a cool $1BB plus for them. In case you wondered whether or not the Pegula Family had more money than God. [SB Nation]
  • The Cardinals face the Giants at Busch Stadium in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday. The guy who will probably get the start for the Giants, Madison Bumgarner, is my fucking hero because he can quint-fist beers. Yes, that's FIVE beers at once. HOLY SHIT. This beats water guns every fucking day of the week. [Deadspin]
  • So, a dude gets busted breaking into a Billings, MT home. Then he offers heroin to the homeowner after apologizing to them for the burglary. Yeah, I don't think that's gonna work. [Y! / AP]

VIDEOS:

I'm never doing four videos in one post after this, but whatever . . . you get four of 'em this time.

First, an alt-country song about drinking whiskey in heaven NEVER gets missed during Obscure Alt-Country Week. (S/T to Childhood Trauma, who wonders if the song title MIGHT be a tribute to Keith Tkachuk):

Ol' No. 7.

Next, meet an alt-country band with two cousins from Springfield, MO . . . The HillBenders! (S/T to doubleduck):

Nice, nice stuff.

Third, Mark Donnelly is a Goddamn professional. (S/T to St. Louis Game Time's most recent newlywed, Adam Duke):

I mean, takes a spill and keeps on spittin', man. That's impressive.

And finally . . . to get you ready for tonight's game, check out some highlights from when Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko were linemates in the KHL. The other guy is some guy named Enlund that I've never heard of, but for real . . . LEHTERASENKO!!!!! (S/T to adroq):

Yeah buddy.

Alright . . . get drunk and be somebody tonight for the game. BEFORE I KICK THIS OVER TO J-MILL FOR THE WEEKEND . . . your video theme for next week is "Stupid Animal Tricks". Ironically, someone sent me a video yesterday involving kangaroos that fits this mold PERFECTLY, so that'll be on there Monday.

And now, I officially hand it over to J-Mill for the weekend. Send your links, videos and other shit to him:

LET'S. GO. BLUES.