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Saturday Links: Cheer Up, Brian! Y'Know Wut Dey Say...

Blues have an early faceoff in Ottawa. Here are some links you'll need to squeeze in by 2.

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PROGRAMMING ALERT: Today's Blues-Senators game will be an afternoon affair at 2:00 central. Adapt your alcoholic intake schedule accordingly.


  • The Blues' defense has been...not so great recently. [STLToday]
  • Hey, have you voted on the fan-made design that will be Jake Allen's new mask? There's only a few more hours until the noon central deadline, so be sure the stuff the ballot box with number 2! (By that I mean vote a lot for the 2nd option...not fill a box with poop.) [Blues]
  • Our pals in the Canadian Capital have had a number of good discussions this week - here's a rundown of what's going on for the Senators. [Silver Seven Sens]
  • Whenever Paul MacLean needs to get one of his lines out of a funk, he has an easy fix: play Bobby Ryan. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • In the "AWWWWW" category, the Senators signed a 14-year old with a rare skin disease to a one-day contract as a team scout. [Puck Daddy]
  • Only three hockey games last night, a couple of which were decided by not-hockey. [ 11/21]
  • We've got the fancy matinee slot, but tonight there are 12 other games, including Canadiens-Bruins, Wings-Leafs, Wild-Lightning, the back half of a Penguins-Islanders home-and-home, and a couple surprisingly compelling late games in Devils-Flames and Coyotes-Sharks. [ 11/22]
  • An interesting trade went down yesterday, as the Stars and Sharks swapped defensemen Brenden Dillon and Jason Demers, respectively. The blogs discuss it all: [Fear the FinDefending Big D]
  • That wasn't the only Stars front office news to break yesterday: Dallas has resigned Jason Spezza for 4 years at $7.5 million AAV. [Defending Big D]
  • On actual on-ice news, the Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 4-3 in a shootout...but the only thing anyone cares about is that Milan Lucic got knocked the fuck out on a single punch by Dalton Prout. [Puck Daddy]
  • In the front half of a back-to-back home-and-home series, the Isle knocked off the Pens 5-4, also in a shootout. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • And Cory Schneider shut-out the Oilers in the Devils' 2-0 win. He also broke one of Marty's team records with his 20th straight start to begin the season. [In Lou We Trust]
  • PUCK DADDY FAN CONTEST!!!!!!!!! First gallery of entries: [Puck Daddy]
  • Duncan Keith must not care for James Spader, because he says he gets tired out during The Practice.......oh, I'm sorry, it seems he doesn't care for TEAM practice. (See how far I had to stretch to not make the easy Allen Iverson joke? That's why I get paid triple.) [The Hockey News]
  • The single most popular song to be played at funerals in the UK is now "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from the famous final scene of Monty Python's Life of Brian. On so many different levels, this is the best news I've heard all week! [The A.V. Club]
  • Curt Schilling was a great pitcher and is a decent baseball analyst...but a terrible scientist. ESPN's Keith Law tried to point that out on Twitter with facts, data, and logic, and ESPN rewarded him with a Twitter suspension. [Awful Announcing]
  • Someone with a lot of time design skill (and time on their hands) designed soccer jerseys for every US state for the upcoming (and unfortunately entirely fictional) States Cup tournament. A lot of really great looks, and even the few bad ones are fun and memorable. I would seriously pay good money for that blue Illinois kit, it's fucking gorgeous! [imgur]
  • A Science Saturday question unlike any other: why do dogs sniff each others' butts? [mental_floss]
  • Do you have That Friend yet who's spent the last six weeks telling you that you should be listening to the true crime podcast Serial, the fastest podcast in iTunes history to 5 million downloads? No? Then congratulations, I'm going to be That Guy. Buy what about it makes it so gripping? [Boston Globe]

A sticktap to the RealBadRobot for this "epic" soccer penalty kick shootout from a "game" between "Yale" and "North Carolina."


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