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Daily Links for Friday, December 9

Happy Friday folks! Even though we didn’t get the promised snowpocalypse here in Buffalo this morning, you can be sure the Sabres will play the Panthers at home tonight. Whether they’ll play well, I can’t promise.

Panthers seek conference lead as they face Sabres – NHL.com
Both teams have gained more points on the road than at home this season, but the disparity is particularly glaring in Buffalo’s case because Friday’s game will mark its 17th at the First Niagara Center (where its record is 6-8-2 so far) as opposed to just 11 on the road (8-3-0).

Sabres Gerbe Concussed. Leino Has NHL Hearing – WGR 550
Lindy Ruff confirmed that the hit by the Flyers Marc-Andre Bourdon caused a concussion to Nathan Gerbe.

Shanahan explains Ville Leino’s 1-game suspension for Read elbow – Puck Daddy
Buffalo Sabres forward Ville Leino was suspended one game for an elbow to the head of Matt Read of the Philadelphia Flyers. Here’s why.

Panthers visits to Buffalo to become more common – The Buffalo News
The Buffalo Sabres host the Florida Panthers tonight in First Niagara Center. Get used to hearing those words.

HAMILTON: Are The Sabres Holding Each Other Accountable? – WGR 550
Lindy Ruff met with the captains after practice. He didn’t even wait for a few of them to get out of their uniforms.

More Sabres News:

Miller unmasked, and that’s a problem – The Buffalo News
Among other issues, Ryan Miller has to figure out a way to stop doing his Joe Daley impression.

Ted Black Says Lindy Ruff Stays And Some Other Cool Things – BSN
Well, apparently the head coaching gig in Buffalo is the topic du’jour. Giving up a 3 goal lead and having a shaky home record can do that to a fanbase.

6 Things: Spoonful of Sugar Edition – The Willful Caboose
Kate talks about the Sabres home woes, realignment, and the suspension of dogs.

They Shouldn’t Give Up Their Day Job – Shots off the Crossbar
The Sabres do not have an acting future.

Around The NHL:

Sutton suspended indefinitely, pending hearing – NHL.com
Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton suspended indefinitely for charging Alex Ponikarovsky

Rogers, BCE on verge of deal for MLSE – The Globe and Mail
If approved, draft agreement with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan would give telecom giants an 80-per-cent stake in owner of Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors.

Young guns under the gun – TSN
Before the lockout, rookies and sophomores faced reasonable expectations. Now they enter the pro ranks with unprecedented security.

Video: Anisimov’s gun taunt angers Tampa; Downie leaves bench – Puck Daddy
Despite the ease with which he scored, Anisimov decided to engage in a preposterous celebration.

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