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Daily Links for Thursday, Jan. 13

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Buffalo takes on the Carolina Hurricanes - an important game if they're going to have any hope of staying in this playoff race. 

Sabres' Vanek Could Miss Next Game - WGR 550
Vanek also injured, Kaleta practicing in full.

The Sabres went through an hour-long practice session at HSBC Arena on Wednesday in preparation for Thursday’s meeting with Carolina.

Physical Weber is relishing pest role - The Buffalo News
Mike Weber has quickly become an important member of the Buffalo Sabres' defense.

Buffalo Sabres midseason review - Sports Talk Buffalo
A depressing look at the team mid-year.

Who's the least deserving NHL all-star? - CBC Sports
The 42 players selected for the NHL all-star game on Jan. 30 in Raleigh are now official. Take our poll and have your say on which of the player selections is least deserving?

Wilson Doles Out Extra Motivation For Career Win #600 - Eat. Sleep. Leafs.
On those special nights when a player faces off against his former team for the first time, he typically throws some extra motivation onto the table for his teammates in the form of a few of his hard-earned dollars. Coach Ron Wilson threw in big $$ for his 600th win.

VERSUS’ 10 Most and Least-Watched Games Through the End of 2010 - Puck The Media
Surprise, surprise, both of Buffalo's games are in the top 7.

Top 10: Best puck-handling goalies - THN
Over the years the art of goalies handling the puck has been fine-tuned with Martin Brodeur standing as the model passer.

Video: Hockey crowd sings after 8-year-old's national anthem glitch - Puck Daddy
Elizabeth Hughes, 8, made her debut signing the national anthem at an AHL Norfolk Admirals game against the Connecticut Whale last Friday night. Angelic voice, bundle of nerves ... and then after the words "gave proof," her microphone abruptly cut out. What happened next might be something we've seen before at a sporting event, but that never lacks for inspiration (and maybe a misty eye or two).