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Daily Links for Monday, December 26

Maybe using Vanek's beautiful OT winner from last season as our picture today will help turn things around.
Maybe using Vanek's beautiful OT winner from last season as our picture today will help turn things around.

I hope everyone out in Sabre-land had a very Merry Christmas, or at least a nice weekend. With the end of one holiday, Buffalo returns to the ice tonight to host the Washington Capitals. A few players are looking to return to the ice from the injury list, and after the break we've got a boatload of holiday hockey links to keep you in the spirit, or at least in the know.

Sabres hope to end skid against Caps -
Tonight's game preview from the big site.

Lots of hands on deck for once - The Buffalo News
A morning practice update sees Jochen Hecht and Brad Boyes skating on real lines, and Ennis, Myers, Gerbe and Tropp all skating in some capacity.

Sabres have familiar mountain to climb - The Buffalo News
A lot has changed in a year around the Buffalo Sabres. But it's crazy to look at the NHL standings and realize how stunningly similar things are from last Christmas. And that's not a good thing.

Return of Myers not far off - The Buffalo News
It may not be all the Buffalo Sabres want or need for Christmas but they could use defenseman Tyler Myers on the ice. The 6-foot-8 Myers keeps progressing from his broken wrist and has another appointment with team doctors on Monday.

More Sabres Links:

Sabres' Leopold spreads smiles - The Buffalo News
This article is worth it just to see Jordan Leopold and Patrick Kaleta in full elf outfits.

That's life on the Sabres' farm - The Buffalo News
Ron Rolston knew he'd work a lot during his first season as a head coach. He just never figured he'd have as much in common with Travelocity's roaming gnome as Lindy Ruff.

Baker's dozen thoughts at the break -
Bakes shares some wisdom with us about Sabres prospects, and gets me very excited to follow guys like Kevin Sundher and Dan Catenacci for the rest of the year.

A fan's reaction to the season - Hockey Night in Buffalo
If you like GIFs, this is the post for you.

Around the NHL:

Holding down playoff spot at Christmas a good sign -
Teams holding down a playoff berth when Christmas arrives have made the playoffs 80 percent of the time over the past 10 seasons.

82 Game Pace At The Break - The Copper & Blue
What do the numbers look like at the Christmas break?

Merry Christmas to the hockey community - THN
With the holiday season upon us, the longtime scout and executive wishes all the best to everyone.

Merry Christmas, readers: Here are your Funeral Burgers - Puck Daddy
A great story and Puck Daddy tradition continue.

Cox: Canada’s worst NHL team at holiday time? Les Glorieux -
Firestorm over non-French speaking coach, scratching of P.K. Subban creating trouble in Montreal.

Leafs' Wilson tweets about receiving his Christmas wish -- a contract extension -
Ron Wilson must have been a good boy this year, because he tweeted Christmas morning that he is receiving a new contract extension from Santa.

Puck Daddy’s top 10 hockey fan moments of 2011 - Puck Daddy
Every year, the magnitude of the top stories in sports is affected by how fans react to them. In hockey, we had triumphs and tragedies in 2011; and hockey fans around the world made them all the more memorable.

NHL Ice Girls Celebrate Christmas - Gunaxin
Who better to scoop up your ice with a shovel than a cute girl on skates dressed as Santa Claus?