Welcome to Friday, everyone!
Another work week has come and is nearly gone, pushing us deeper into the holiday season. It truly is a joyous time of the year . . . unless you’re wishing for a Christmas miracle when it comes to the Buffalo Sabres, because that ain’t gonna happen!
But you probably knew that already. Ah, it is what it is . . . and what it is time for is, today’s links!
There was a metric ton worth of games last night in the NHL – better get caught up quickly! [TSN]
Get your weekly dose of Kerry Fraser with his “Hey, Ref!” column. [TSN] Love it.
In case you were wondering, here’s a compilation of the dirtiest hits of the season so far. [Bleacher Report]
Rob Vollman is a great resource that any fan of statistical analysis should be consulting on a regular basis. In this piece, he breaks down which NHL teams are the best at protecting leads this year. [b/r] Clearly, the Sabres are not on this list – because they never have a lead to protect!!!
Johnny Boychuk of the Boston Bruins had to be taken off the ice last night on a stretcher. Watch the play, and decide whether Max Pacioretty should be suspended for the hit. [The Hockey News]
Sometimes, I come across articles so wild and incredibly laughable, I just have to share them. This piece, which asks whether a Nathan MacKinnon for P.K. Subban trade is worth considering, is one such example. [Hockey Buzz]
Finally, your Buffalo Sabres-specific piece: with this team a total mess, which ex-player would you most want back in the 716? [Die By The Blade]