Best of the Nation - 12.9.12

Jonathan Willis
December 09 2012 08:59AM

Lots of interesting stuff across the Nation websites this week, including an exclusive interview with an NHL head coach, 2013 Draft talk, a look at how goalies perform as they age, and obligatory stuff on the NHL lockout. Read more, after the jump!

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December 08 2012 05:35PM


Any league that has the sense not to lock themselves out through Christmas and any team that has the sense to mysteriously drive off Theo Peckham gets our business. Where do you go when there is nothing to do and you are still riding high on having survived a Raiders game?

It's time to go to an ECHL game.

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Wolves Don't Receive Arniel's Message, Fall to Griffins

Dimitri Filipovic
December 07 2012 10:14PM

The disarray is symbolic of the Wolves' effort. At least they showed some fight here, though.

Last Saturday night, Scott Arniel channeled his inner Gregg Popovich. Sort of. Even though it was for completely different reasons, the coach sat many of his team's stars in an attempt to send a message. After having fallen all the way down to .500 - including a 1-5-2 swoon to end the month of November - the team responded with a strong effort against the Peoria Rivermen, by winning 3-1.

The likes of Jordan Schroeder, Zack Kassian and Kevin Connauton were all back in the lineup for this tilt against the Red Wings' AHL affiliate, and unfortunately, the team reverted back to its old nasty habits. In a completely listless effort in front of their home crowd, the Wolves lost by a score of 3-0. Unfortunately for Arniel, his message didn't get through with the same efficiency as the voice mail sent by the NHL to the PA.

Read Past the Jump for Notes on the Game.

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KHL: Dynamo vs. Red Army clash of the titans, and 5 other games

Steve Dangle
December 07 2012 08:56PM


I hope you watch all these games, but for the love of all that is hockey, at very least watch the Dynamo Moscow vs. Red Army (CSKA Moscow) game.


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December 07 2012 05:18PM

With the heart warming news that the Lockout negotiations are extraordinarily poorly, your ol' pal Wanye decided to go to a place where rage and danger are the norm. A place where most people rightfully fear to tread. When there is nothing left to live for you have nothing left to lose. 

Time to take in a home game of the Oakland Raiders.

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