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Saturday Links - Happy Xmas

War is over.

Good thing this guy can play hockey really fuckin' good, because he can't sing.
Good thing this guy can play hockey really fuckin' good, because he can't sing.
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BluesMay forgot to pack her laptop for the drive to Jeff City. So I'm doing links. Which means, you get a shitload of them. CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE: I'm Sorry / You're Welcome.


  • Robb looks at what teams' records SHOULD be based on 5v5 play compared to where the standings ACTUALLY are in this edition of #FancyStats Friday. [SLGT]
  • Vladimir Tarasenko . . . he can shoot and stuff. [StL Today / Morning Skate]
  • Which is good, because he can't sing. Nor can basically anyone in this video apart from Kevin Shattenkirk, it appears. (AND GODDAMNIT, CHECK IT OUT . . . THERE'S TOWEL DOUCHE.) [SLGT FanShots]
  • The Blues power play is better. So is the PK, which is 22 of its' last 23. But if I mention the PK's looked outstanding since Steve Ott got hurt, I'll be labeled a hater. [In the Slot / Lou Korac]
  • The family of John Kelly is hit by cancer once again. This time, it's John's wife, Jennifer. #FuckCancer [SLGT]


  • For news and fan views from the Flames (Flams?) side of today's matchup, Matchsticks & Gasoline is the place to go. [Matchsticks & Gasoline]



  • Drew Doughty has never been the NHL's best defender, which is an unpopular opinion Ryan Lambert shares with the world in his Trending Topics piece this week. [Puck Daddy]
  • Sometimes, it's just better to chase the money. Just ask Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger, who accepted a shorter-term deal for less money this offseason to basically ensure his RFA rights wouldn't be traded . . . but will now be out likely at least four months with a dislocated wrist. [CBS Sports]
  • Five teams that need Randy Carlyle. Thankfully, none of those teams were adjudged to be the Blues. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • A follow-up from yesterday's links . . . Canucks garbage heap of a person forward Alexandre Burrows apologized for comments he made toward Patrick O'Sullivan on the ice a long while back in light of O'Sullivan's situation. [The Sporting News]
  • Four possible landing spots for estranged Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen if the Fightin' Torts decide to deal the young center. Unfortunately, none of these four are the Blues. [Sportsnet]
  • Speaking of young centers, Oilers phenom Connor McDavid has been skating with Olympic figure skater David Pelletier for the last week or so as he recovers from his broken clavicle. [TSN]
  • The AHL outdoor game that was supposed to be held in Sacramento, CA between the Stockton Heat and Bakersfield Condors is postponed to today because it rained there last night. [The AHL]
  • Ranking the strength of each division leader's lead. As if it matters! [SB Nation]
  • Ahead of the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, ESPN threw out a garbage heap of a possible Star Wars lineup. So Greg Wyshynski, noted Star Wars fanboy, and Ryan Lambert came up with better ones. [Puck Daddy]


  • Karma is a cruel but fair bitch sometimes. [NPR / The Two-Way]
  • Someone tried to rank winter beers. I'd rather just drink them all, honestly. [Deadspin / Adequate Man]
  • Spaceballs II: The Search For More Money is . . . apparently going to happen. [Nerdist]
  • How all 50 state capitals got their names. [Mental Floss]
  • Surfing legend Kelly Slater has figured out how to make real-ass man-made waves that you (well, HE) can actually shred. [SB Nation / #Lookit]
  • Bank's so nice, they decided to rob it twice. [Y! / AP]


  • Warden's Winter Ale, from Prison Brews in Jefferson City. I had one of these last night. It was tasty. [Untappd]


George Harrison will forever be the best Beatle in my eye, but John Lennon crafted the best Christmas song of the quartet:


Hoosier Blue is back with you tomorrow. Monday should be BluesMay. Tuesday should be me again.

And as I alluded to earlier, BluesMay and I will be at this afternoon's possible shitshow game. Yay?