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Hockey’s worst stat; Schneider backs off comments; how bad are the Sabres? (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney
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Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

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• Poor Jonathan Toews. He's the captain of the Stanley Cup champion, and the NHL shop doesn't know how to spell his name.

Trevor Daley on plus/minus: "It’s the worst stat in hockey, so I don’t think it’s helping."[Dallas News]

• Nick Cotsonika on what's behind Torey Krug's offensive production in Boston. [Yahoo]

• Are this year's Buffalo Sabres the worst team in the NHL's modern era? [The Globe & Mail]

Cory Schneider backs off his recent comments regarding the frustration of Martin Brodeur's consecutive starts. Apparently he was just in a bad mood. Nothing to see here. [PHT]

Ilya Bryzgalov's first start with the Edmonton Oilers resulted in a 3-0 shutout. [Edmonton Journal]

• Rob Ford wants to attend the Winter Classic in Michigan. But that means crossing the border, and the United States may not let him do that. [Toronto Star]

• Is the defensive pairing of P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov hockey's best right now? [Montreal Gazette]

• We poked fun at Jill Shackner for her Canadian anthem flub during the Islanders/Jets game, but now that's all in the past, thanks to the anthem at Thursday night's Super Series match. Best part: when the singer forgets the words, then mumbles, "Oh sh…" [Buzzing the Net]

• "As members of the U.S. Army, Rico Roman and Jen Lee are part of America’s first line of defense. As members of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team, Roman and Lee are the last line of defines." [Color of Hockey]

• Patrick Kane is riding a career-high 12-game point streak. [Chicago Sun-Times]

• Kelly Hrudey on the 10 best goalies in each conference. [CBC]

• Here's something you rarely hear: teams around the league could learn something from the Calgary Flames. Their forthrightness regarding player injuries is refreshing. [The Hockey News]

• Say, remember Jonathan Cheechoo? Here's an interview with him. [Backhand Shelf]

• The University of Maine women's hockey team is coached by a newlywed couple. [Bangor Daily News]

• Do NHL teams play too conservatively with the lead? Yes. Yes they do. [MC79 Hockey]

• The Anaheim Ducks have signed Nick Bonino to a three-year contract extension. [Ducks]

• Brooks Laich loves hockey. He loves it too much. [Washington Post]

• Who's making the playoffs? [ESPN]

• Finally, P.K. Subban bats leadoff for the NHL Life series:

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