Daily Links for Tuesday, January 3

It's back to school/work for many of us today, and it's back to work for the Buffalo Sabres as well against a depleted, tired Oilers team.

After big win at Chicago, Oilers head to Buffalo - NHL.com
Edmonton enters Buffalo looking to build on some rare momentum after a 4-3 victory against the Western-leading Chicago Blackhawks. However, they'll likely be without rookie center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who suffered a shoulder injury in the opening period and did not return.

The Buffalo Sabres took the ice for the first time in 2012 this morning and are looking to get a few regular contributors back into the lineup soon.

Sabres understand need to be better - The Buffalo News
Expectations -- and the team's payroll -- were sky-high at the start of the season, but the Sabres are failing to come close to them for one of the first times in Ruff's tenure.

Poor production makes Kassian a spectator - The Buffalo News
One point in 10 games. You can wrestle all you want with the hows and whys of Zack Kassian getting scratched Saturday night, but that's the bottom-line reason the former first-round draft pick didn't play against the Ottawa Senators and probably will be in the press box tonight against Edmonton.

Heroics of Lundqvist, Rupp lift Rangers to Classic win - NHL.com
Henrik Lundqvist stopped Danny Briere's penalty shot with 19 seconds left, Mike Rupp tallied two goals, Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the New York Rangers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

2012 Winter Classic: Philadelphia Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky not quite up to the challenge - ESPN
The story in Philadelphia always seems to always revolve around the goalies, and the Winter Classic was no different.

Lundqvist vs. Briere penalty shot: Classic’s made-for-TV moment - Puck Daddy
John Tortorella was a happy coach after his New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic. Well, save for the officiating in the third period.

ANIMATED: Mike Rupp Celebrates Winter Classic Goal With Jaromir Jagr Salute - SBNation.com
When Mike Rupp scored a goal late in the second period to cut the Philadelphia Flyers lead to 2-1, his goal celebration was the literal example of adding insult to injury.

Five issues for 2012 - THN
Looking ahead to the New Year, Ken Campbell writes about the CBA, the Coyotes, award winners and more.

Team Canada readies for world junior rematch with Russia - The Globe and Mail
OHL coach has more at stake in Tuesday's big game than most. His son plays for Canada, top player on his team is with Russia.