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Happy Friday everyone! Hopefully you survived our first winter storm of the season, and are geared up for some back-to-back hockey. After beating on the best team in the East on Wednesday, we get the pleasure of hosting (and hopefully beating) the best team in the West tonight. Game on.

Blackhawks at Sabres Preview | NHL.com
Here's the usual preview of tonight's game from big poppa's site. If you're going to the game or are planning on going going to the game tonight, click here for some special things happening tonight.

GAUSTAD RETURNS TO THE ICE | Buffalo Sabres
Gaustad is skating again, Grier should be back for Saturday, Connolly didn't finish practice, and Gerbe is still on a line with Roy and Staff. Click the link for the full practice report.

Big week ahead for Buffalo Sabres | ESPN
This three game stretch of the Devils, Capitals, and Blackhawks is a good litmus test for the Buffalo Sabres, and Pierre LeBrun agrees. He also penned an article about Tyler Myers (real original Pierre) but since we're on Myers overload, it doesn't get it's own post. Click here to check it out.

When stars shoot for the GM’s chair | The Hockey News
Now that Mark Messier is in charge of Canada's 2010 World Championship team, THN takes a look at why there are so many former hockey superstars taking GM roles.

Analyze This: How To Improve the NHL | Bleacher Report
Mark Ritter over at the Bleacher Report gives his ideas on how to improve the NHL. Most of these ideas have to do with safety, but there's a laundry list of changes in here. I don't agree with many of them, and I'm sure you'll all have your differing opinions as well.

Hockey Gift: Sabres Fathead
Have a giant wall that's in desperate need of some Sabre-izing? Nothing fills up a wall like a 3' 2'' sticker.