Daily Links for Thursday, November 10

For a team currently sitting pretty well in the standings, there's lots of goos and bad to talk about with the Buffalo Sabres these days.

Defense problematic for Sabres - The Buffalo News
While goaltending has been the talk of the town of late, it's spotty defense that's really at the root of some of the Buffalo Sabres' problems.

Vanek & Pominville Join League Leaders - WGR 550
With 18 points in 14 games both Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville are tied for fourth in NHL scoring.

Tropp earns his minutes - The Buffalo News
The first NHL run of Corey Tropp's career likely ends Friday night when the Buffalo Sabres host Ottawa. But it certainly won't be because it wasn't a success.

Pegula silent on Penn State - The Buffalo News
What does Western New York's most prominent Penn State alum and booster think of the sex-abuse scandal allegedly involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky that has rocked the university? So far, he's silent.

More Sabres Links:

Gaustad makes the play - Sabres Edge
Paul Gaustad is a grinder, a great faceoff man and a physical presence. So how did he end up with the No. 1 play on SportsCenter Tuesday night?

For 40 years now, hockey fans across Western New York and Southern Ontario have grown up with the unmistakable voice of Rick Jeanneret.

Around the NHL:

Why Your Team Might Not Be That Good, Or, Fun With Shooting Percentage - SBNation.com
Shooting percentage numbers can be skewed pretty easily at the start of the season, and when one team is getting extra lucky with their shots, it can bump them all the way to the top of the standings.

Pass or Fail: Flyers’ controversial stall tactic vs. Lightning trap - Puck Daddy
If the puck carrier never comes, then all five guys just wind up standing still in the neutral zone, presumably forever.

There is unrest in Leaf-land after back-to-back losses - CBC Sports
If you didn't know the Toronto Maple Leafs opened with nine wins in their first 13 outings you may have thought it was just like old times at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday, or at least the way the previous six playoff-less seasons have gone.

Next wave of American stars hit NHL – USATODAY.com
Long before he was a budding star for the Philadelphia Flyers, James van Riemsdyk was a big New York Rangers fan.

Jagr received good advice from close friend - NHL.com
Jaromir Jagr had a few options in July when he was pondering his NHL return, but thanks to a friend from home, he took the Flyers' offer.

Ian Laperriere deserves SI's 2011 Sportsman of the Year - SI.com
Since being sidelined, Laperriere has helped the Flyers' scouting department by working with prospects and minor leaguers, a main reason why he was awarded the NHL's 2011 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."