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This is what hockey would look like if you were a fish who lived inside the net.
This is what hockey would look like if you were a fish who lived inside the net.

Enjoy another day off, Sabres fans. Take a little hockey vacation over the next week and come back refreshed on Feb. 4. Of course, we'll still be here all through the all-star break, so stop in while you're in hockey-Aruba.

Thomas Vanek leads the Sabres in scoring and has displayed a knack for coming up big at key times this season

Start of Sabres-Caps game changed - The Buffalo News
Buffalo's home game against the Washington Capitals set for 3 p.m. Feb. 20 has been moved to 12:30 p.m.

The Buffalo Sabres at the All-Star break - Sports Talk Buffalo
An analysis of the Sabres at the break with a plan for the rest of the year (note: most of the plan is wishful thinking, but it's things most of us are thinking.)

Pirates dig deep… Really deep for the win - Maine Hockey Journal
Mark Mancari won it with his 27th goal, but the team finished the game with just 9 forwards and 5 defense.

NHL referees allowing more neutral zone interference -
With the newest safety mandate front and center, interference has more than crept back into the defensive equation.

The best and worst bargains in the NHL -
The best and worst players, statswise, so far in the NHL season. Drew Stafford is one of the best goals per dollar players in the NHL this year.

Gretzky remains celebrated figure as he turns 50 -
More than 10 years after he retired and celebrating a milestone birthday, Wayne Gretzky remains the face of hockey.

Top 10: Wayne Gretzky achievements - THN
In honor of The Great One's 50th birthday, we recall some of his biggest accomplishments in his illustrious career.

Conroy’s career nears an end - The Globe and Mail
Flames' forward clears waivers, is given the all-star break to ponder his options but could make decision as early as Thursday.