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Hockey restarts today, and a bunch of good and bad news.

"Meh. I've scored against you once already this season, Carey."
"Meh. I've scored against you once already this season, Carey."
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Hockey?

BLUES NEWS:

  • On January 26, 1995, the first hockey game at the new Kiel Center was played by the St. Louis Blues against the Los Angeles Kings, a game the Blues won 3-1. That was also the first game the Game Night Revue was published and sold in front of the building. Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of a fan-run rag being sold in front of that building, as Brad notes. [SLGT]
  • Andrew Allsman, the Blues beat writer for KMOV Sports, also has a write-up on this 20th anniversary of sorts for us. (S/T to Brad) [KMOV / HockeySTL]
  • Not exactly team news, but a few weeks ago, our own Art Lippo passed along the story of Adam Cheung, a courageous young hockey player who was battling cancer for a second time. Unfortunately, Adam lost that second battle a couple weeks ago at age 22. May he rest in peace. Art has a follow-up story . . . mostly, thank-yous to those that deserve it along Adam's battle lines. [Along the Boards]
  • Trends don't show the Blues scoring as many goals in the second "half" of the season as the first, as resident stat-guy Robb Tufts tells us. [SLGT]
  • Everyone thinks the Blues and Rangers are good. THE BLUES ARE DOOMED AGAIN! (S/T to John) [TSN]

HOCKEY NEWS:

  • No games yesterday, but 11 tonight. Because, y'know, the show must go on. [NHL.com 01/27/15]
  • Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo was suspended eight games for "turning the game around" . . . err, hitting Penguins defenseman Kris Letang in the head. Errrrrr . . . basically, being a general dipshit that should not be employed by an NHL team. [NHL.com]
  • Then, there are players who were suspended by their own teams . . . namely, Sabres defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who apparently didn't report to the tire fire team on time. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • Mike Richards, fourth-line Kings center paid a shit-ton, was waived yesterday. [USA Today]
  • Two big blows to two teams heading in opposite directions this season . . . the Islanders losing forward Kyle Okposo for six to eight weeks with an upper body (READ: eye) injury and the Blue Jackets losing Sergei Bobrovsky for four to six weeks with a groin injury. [Puck Daddy]
  • Other injuries? Sure . . . Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf basically got all his trade rumo(u)rs quashed with word that he has a week-to-week upper body injury, suspected to be a broken hand from a fight with Hurricanes Captain Eric Staal. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]

OTHER SHIT:

  • Without actually saying so, noted scientific person Neil deGrasse Tyson calls bullshit on Bill Belichick's claims. [Deadspin / Twitter]
  • Odes to SkyMall, the in-flight catalog whose parent company filed for bankruptcy protection last week. [NPR / The Two-Way]
  • Over in the central/eastern portion of Montana . . . a thief changed his mind and returned a stolen Boy Scout's camping gear and cargo trailer to its' owner. [Y! / AP]

VIDEO:

Here's Wil Wheaton talking about Newcastle's collaboration with a Scottish brewery:

I've had Caledonian Scotch Ale, by the way . . . and Goddamnit, it's good.

Links, videos and other shit go this direction:

Episode 71 of Beyond Checkerdome comes your way later this week. Get ready for a celebration of Game Time in audio form!