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Wednesday Links - Your Annual Fill Of Panic

Everyone loses their shit over the Blues. We find out tonight whether the panic was warranted. Oh, and Fuck Chicago.

"Well, yeah."
"Well, yeah."
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I didn't have time to lose my shit after Monday's loss. I don't give time for a complete lack of effort.

Well, apart from that podcast. But whatever, that barely counted.

BLUES NEWS:

  • The Blues need to give us a reason to watch Game 4 against the Wild(s), writes Hildy. [SLGT]
  • The Blues are playing for the trust of St. Louis sports fans, writes Brad. [SLGT]
  • The pressure is on the Blues' core, writes Joe. [SLGT]
  • Optional skate yesterday. [SLGT FanShots]
  • Hitch was mum on possible lineup changes. Which, I hope, is a good sign that there MAY be some lineup changes. [In the Slot / Lou Korac]
  • So, Trevor and I (and several others around here) aren't the only ones who think Steve Ott is little more than a rodeo clown in hockey gear. Word's getting around. (S/T to I_AM_SPARTACUS) [Star-Tribune]
  • Episode #83 of Beyond Checkerdome takes us back to when the series was tied. Tony from Hockey Wilderness joined us. [SLGT]

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS:

KNOW YOUR ENEMY--THE MINNESOTA WILD(S):

  • You probably know this by now, but definitely check out the good folks at Hockey Wilderness for the Wild(s) side of things. [Hockey Wilderness]

HOCKEY NEWS:

  • Four scores last night, none of which were seven years ago. Fuck Detroit. Fuck Chicago. Oh yes, Cal/Gary. And oh my, Caps/Isles. [NHL.com 04/21/15]
  • Four games tonight. Two series' could end. None of them are in Minnesota, thankfully. [NHL.com 04/22/15]
  • Brooks Orpik had a bad night in the Caps' Game 4 win. First, he took a skate cut to the face . . . [USA Today / For the Win!]
  • . . . then he was struck with what appeared to be a pretty full cup of beer after the game-winner in overtime. Not a good couple nights for the reputation of Isles' fans. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • Is Jack Eichel really that much of a consolation prize? Ryan Lambert muses with numbers in NCAA Hockey 101. [Puck Daddy]
  • An Arizona State student wrote a Master's thesis on how the school's Division I hockey program came to be. And he just happens to be a reporter over at House of Sparky, SBN's Arizona State sports blog. [House of Sparky]
  • Anze Kopitar, Jiri Hudler and Pavel Datsyuk were named the finalists for this year's Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, aka "The Award No Tough Guy Wants". [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Kings forward Jarret Stoll will have his first hearing stemming from his Vegas charges on Friday . . . on July 1st, the day he's set to become a UFA. Damn, that's juicy timing. [Orange County Register]

OTHER SHIT:

  • Jumping cows! [NPR / The Salt]
  • Haven't we all wanted to shoot our computer? Well, this Colorado man did . . . and now faces charges. [Y! / Reuters]
  • Stan Kroenke just wept. Good. Fuck that guy. [Deadspin]

VIDEO:

I want the Blues to get mad:

I want them to get as mad as hell.

Goddamnit, now I want to watch Network.

Alright, no matter what happens tonight, my wife has links tomorrow. So send her stuff: