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Daily Links for Thursday, Jan. 14

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The good old hockey game finally returns tonight! I'm so excited I just had to squeeze some extra links in here, even links dealing with the Sabres after the break - and special props go out to Traver for helping us find a few of these. Since it's been so long since we've played Atlanta, I also included an article from Thrashers site Bird Watchers Anonymous to give you an idea of what's been going on with their team over the past few weeks. Game on!

Sabres enjoy the view to a kill - The Buffalo News
The Buffalo Sabres have been so good at killing penalties in recent games, and it's not just great goaltending getting the job done.

Sabres cashing in on rookie Myers' steady play - NHL.com
A funny article on Tyler Myers' special locker room agreement with Craig Rivet.

Ryan Miller vs. Marty Brodeur for the Vezina and the Hart? - Puck Daddy
Puck Daddy makes an impassioned plea for Ryan Miller to win the Vezina and Hart trophies over Marty Brodeur.

What's Wrong with the Thrashers? (Part 1) - Bird Watchers Anonymous
Since Dec. 19, the Thrashers have been in a bit of a slump, going 2 -7- 3 and dropping to 11th in the Eastern Conference. BWA gives a month by month breakdown of the team under Coach Anderson's tenure with some observations.

The Capital's Offense: Best We've Seen Post-Lockout? - Japers' Rink
Do the Capitals have the most potent offense the League has seen since the lockout? Japers' Rink compares to 4 other teams, including the '06-'07 Buffalo Sabres.

Crosby on pace to get 50 goals thanks to changes in his game - TSN.com
As the 2009-10 season rolls on, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is on pace to do something he has never done before in the NHL: hit that elusive 50-goal mark. It's something Crosby is chalking up to a newfound sense of confidence and self-assurance.

Khabibulin done for year - SLAM!
Prize free agent signing Nikolai Khabibulin is now a prized member of the Injured Reserve.

Joseph gives way to Joe Save - The Hockey News
Ryan Dixon says that Curits Joseph was the last goalie who relied totally on instinct and athleticism rather than perfect instruction and athleticism to make saves. It's an interesting debate for us Sabres fans since the article is essentially debating Hasek's athleticism and floppiness vs. Miller's precision and tact. Which is more exciting, which is more productive?