I turned the age of Rolling Rock today. If you don't know what I mean, look it up. Trust me, it's there.
And thanks for the poll responses yesterday. Fuck Chicago.
But there's more important things ahead . . . like these links!
- The Blues play the Maple Leafs tonight, and Lou notes that the Blues have been a model of consistency this season, not once losing more than two games in a row at any point this campaign. I dunno, is that good? [In The Slot / Lou Korac]
- Ken Hitchcock says he's not worried about the recent lack of offense from the Blues and was pleased with the team's effort Sunday. I was pleased too, actually. [StL Today / Morning Skate]
KNOW YOUR ENEMY--THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS:
- If you don't know of Pension Plan Puppets by now, I might not know you. There are plenty of great Maple Leafs sites out there, though, but this might be the best. [Pension Plan Puppets]
- The Leafs have lost five straight games heading into tonight's game. Epic slide? Maybe. (WARNING: AUTO-PLAY VIDEO OF TIM AND SID) [SportsNet]
- April Reimer, the wife of Leafs backup goaltender James Reimer, is getting shit from people for some reason. Seriously. Because I guess if you can't rag on the guy you WANT to rag on, you can rag on his wife for saying things. Whatever. [Puck Daddy]
- Scores from last night. Six of 'em. [NHL.com 03/24/14]
- Ten games tonight. The one you want is in Toronto. [NHL.com 03/25/14]
- Ryan Lambert thinks the Oilers have bottomed out, and tells us of it in his What We Learned piece. [Puck Daddy]
- In that WWL piece . . . so, not only are the Blues one of the best values for fans in the NHL, they get the most bang for their buck, spending the best to get the best. But hey, let's keep bitching about ticket prices anyway, while other teams spend shit-tons of money for basically dick on their return. (S/T to my links partner in crime, J-Mill, for making sure I scrolled down to that point of the WWL piece) [Washington Post]
- Instead of looking back, Obscene Alex looks forward on this week's edition of his Conference III [Redacted] Week In Review. [III Communication]
- Justin Faulk, who represented Team USA in Sochi and has played very well for the Hurricanes this season, inked a $29MM extension with the team that keeps him in Raleigh for the next six years. [Canes Country]
- Jim Rutherford apparently gave an interesting quote about his own future during the press conference for Faulk's signing, and now it appears he'll be giving up his GM duties at the end of the season. [Charlotte News & Observer]
- I'd normally not link to HockeyBuzz, but . . . this is intriguing. Former NHL official Paul Stewart believes Penguins forward James Neal is the poster child of what's wrong with the league's disciplinary system. And given his transgressions, I would be hard-pressed to disagree. [HockeyBuzz]
- Speaking of transgressions . . . Portland Winterhawks forward and Predators prospect Brendan Leipsic took a drink out of the opposing goaltender's bottle and got an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty. Gonna guess he'd get killed for that in the pros. [Y! / Buzzing The Net]
- The history of NHL home sweaters, in one nice huge graphic. [Deadspin]
- The longest game in National Hockey League history was played yesterday and today in 1936 between the Red Wings and the old Montreal Maroons at the Montreal Forum. The Gazette recounts the game as it was written. [Montreal Gazette / Hockey Inside Out]
- If Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier were playing a game of three-bar hockey, he would've had a hat trick on one shot. Un. Lucky. Bastard. [SB Nation]
- A lip reader has been working with Deadspin to tell you what certain sets of managers/coaches/players and umpires were yelling at each other about in the 2013 season. Here's another part of that. [Deadspin]
- A Calgary radio station burned $5,000 in Canadian cash as part of a promotional stunt. Or as we in America call it . . . about five bucks. [Y! Odd News]
- Dave Brockie, better known as GWAR front-man Oderus Urungus, passed at the age of 50 Sunday night. Deadspin Concourse revisits a haunting story about him from Decibel magazine in 2010. [Deadspin Concourse]
Ross Noble . . . is fucking hilarious. Here's his take on "The Voice". (S/T to Kate):
"SHE HASN'T GOT INNOCENT EYES ANYMORE, HAS SHE?!"
So hey, send me stuff:
- gtdonutking AT gmail DOT com
And check back later for some news, analysis and insights ahead of tonight's contest in Toronto.
LET'S GO BLUES.