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Daily Links for Tuesday, Jan. 5

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With Lindy Ruff giving the Sabres the day off yesterday due to their flight delays in Montreal, today's before-the-break links are all about tonight's Canada vs. USA gold medal game of the World Junior Championships. The game can be seen tonight at 8pm on NHL network and will feature Sabres prospect Luke Adam on Team Canada. We have our usual around the league talk after the break, including the Capitals' new YouTube anthem.

No shortage of history as Canada, U.S. clash in championship | TSN
TSN gives a preview of the championship game and a history of these two teams meeting in the gold medal game.

USA motivated for better result vs. Canada in gold-medal game |
When the USA plays Canada Tuesday night in the finals of the world junior championships in Saskatoon, the Americans don't need a history book to find their motivation.

WJC party has been a bore | The Hockey News
Ken Campbell posits the thought (and rightly so) that with all the blowouts, the WJC has been pretty boring. Only the US has really given the Canadians a run for their money, and even then Canada admitted to playing a "terrible game."

AHL: Tyler Ennis growing into his own with Portland Pirates - - AHL Update
Tyler Ennis has transitioned well from the WHL to the AHL, leading all rookies in scoring and even earning a one-game call up to the Buffalo Sabres. Hat tip to Traver for sending this article to us.

Top 10 in 2010 |
Here are 10 things Mike Brophy will be watching closely in the second half of the NHL season, including the race for the Calder Trophy.

Predators' lease may be in default | The Tennessean
Metro officials will meet with the Predators to hash out issues surrounding lead owner David Freeman's tax troubles and whether the team is in default on its arena lease. We feel your pain, Nashville.

Chatting with the man behind the Capitals hip-hop anthem | Puck Daddy
The Capitals have officially announced their candidacy as Cup contenders by releasing a 2009 team anthem on YouTube. Click the link for the vid as well as a short interview with MC Andrew Bowser and Puck Daddy.