Fun time is over, kids. Time to get back to work. The Preds are in Boston tonight, and in case you don't remember (or are actively trying to forget) the last meeting…things didn't go so well. But hey, it's a new year, the Preds have scored 9 goals and beaten 1.5 good teams in their last 2 games, and absolutely anything is possible. Right? Join us in the game thread later for some Talk Therapy…always a good time, even when the game isn't.
Nashville Predators hope new year brings more offense | The Tennessean
Do or do not…there is no try.
Renewed confidence reflecting in Seth Jones’ point production - | Examiner.com
He's playing a more realistic role now…along with more realistic minutes.
Craig Smith, Seth Jones left off Team USA roster for Sochi - Section 303
Not a surprise, really. Nice to be considered, though.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
How the U.S. hockey team bound for the Sochi Olympics was named - ESPN
A fascinating look into the process, and I highly suggest you take the time to read it. Three things...
1. While Poile is the GM, there were A LOT of cooks in the kitchen on this one. And there seemed to be agreement that this was the best roster.
2. At least 5 of those cooks appear to have been Brian Burke, who is arguably incompetent.
3. As with any team, on-ice performance will tell if some of these choices were the wrong ones. We'll know soon enough.
Players snubbed by US hockey team for 2014 Sochi Olympics - SI.com
I can't get too worked up over who the third goalie is, but a good debate on the others.
Winter Classic 2014 Photo Expedition: The fan experience in Ann Arbor | Puck Daddy
The snow, the game, the passionate fans…all looked better from the comfort of my couch. Looks like those who went had a great time, though.
THN Power Rankings: Ducks swimming along at halfway point | Post-to-Post
And the Preds are trying not to drown at #22.
RUS 5- USA 3 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship - IIHF
This isn't the end. WOLVERINES!
Using NHL precedent to determine Joffrey Lupul's suspension fate - SBNation.com
It turns out there's something of a formula that's used.
Steven Stamkos is very "pleased at where I am at," in his bid to make Olympics after broken leg | The Province
He broke his leg November 11th. And is skating already.
Amanda Kessel named to U.S. Olympic hockey roster - The Globe and Mail
She had 101 points in 37 games last year. Can the Preds sign her? SERIOUSLY.
Fraser: Rule interpretation on goal against Mike Smith-TSN
An official breakdown of The Butt Goal.
VIDEO: USA Hockey Team Is Not Looking Very Good on Skates - SportsPickle
I was concerned for about 30 seconds until I figured out what was going on.