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• Shakira is a Detroit Red Wings fan! [People]

• NHL All-Star voting opens up Tuesday and ends Jan. 1 [NHL]

• Why the NHL needs to eliminate late hits. Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan happened long after Stepan got rid of the puck. [Eye on Hockey]

• Try to enjoy Alex Ovechkin while he’s still a great player. An excellent look at Ovechkin, his greatness and why we shouldn’t take him for granted. [Vice]

• Alain Vigneault and Claude Julien had several completely different views of the same play from last week’s Bruins/Rangers game. [Bruins Daily]

• The Los Angeles Kings have put in a bid for the 2017 NHL All-Star Game. [LA Kings Insider]

• Next year will be the Kings’ 50th anniversary season and there’s a lot of interesting plans afoot. [Mayors’ Manor]

• Emily Pfalzer, captain of of the NWHL’s Buffalo Beauts is relishing her opportunity to play pro hockey in her hometown. [Victory Press]

• The Toronto Maple Leafs have a goaltending conundrum with James Reimer playing better than Jonathan Bernier. Reimer is slated to be an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason. [The Leafs Nation]

• On what it means to have ESPN streaming NWHL games live. [Today’s Slapshot]

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• Taking a look at where Buffalo Sabres prospects Justin Bailey, Nick Baptiste and Evan Rodrigues fit in the team’s long-term plans. They’re currently playing with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. [Color of Hockey]

• Did you think hockey players fought because of fans? Nope. Fans are one of the reasons why fights are in decline. [QZ]

• Tie Domi’s new book “Shift Work” fights for little guys everywhere in hockey. Read about some of Domi’s famous friends who showed up at a recent book signing. [The Post Game]

• What was it like to be coached by Wayne Gretzky? Former Phoenix Coyote Mike Johnson remembers. [Slapshot Diaries]

• How do you take someone and make him an NHL player? Read about Darryl Belfry’s methods. “Have you heard of Patrick Kane? How about Sidney Crosby? John Tavares? Matt Duchene? These guys all have one thing in common (besides being ridiculously skilled and playing in “the show”) and if you don’t know what it is, it might surprise you.That one thing that they have in common is a single coach. Not a team coach, but a developmental coach.” [Train 2.0]

• There has been all sorts of trade talk around NHL stars this season. Who are some of the guys who won’t be traded? [Spector’s Hockey]

• Blackhawks Special Hockey team has a ‘sense of belonging and pride.’ [Chicago Tribune]

• Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson has some of the best defensive stick work in hockey [Chicago Sun-Times]

• The fact that Mike Babcock is one of the best coaches of the last decade makes it hard for people to be objective and critical of a lot of his moves. [Pension Plan Puppets]

• Breaking down the Pittsburgh Penguins perfect power play breakout: “You can’t score on the power-play if you can’t get the puck into the zone.”  [The Pens Blog]

• Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli seems to have quite the science in regards the dealing with the media. [Lowe Tide]

• Grades for the Nashville Predators over the first quarter of this season. [Predlines]

• Mighty Ducks creator Steve Brill, “explains the crazy writing he had to do for D2, the possibilities of a D4 getting made, how the Edmonton Oilers ruined Adam Banks, and how some of the other Ducks’ lives have gone since we last saw them.” Great stuff here. [The Quack Attack]

• Four teams currently in playoff spots, and four teams that will jump the groups currently in the postseason picture. [Outsider Sports]

• At age 34, Justin Williams continues to be an excellent player for the Washington Capitals. [Japers’ Rink]

• Taking another look at Boston College’s defensive prowess. [College Hockey News]

• The Orlando Solar Bears continued their Thanksgiving week tradition of helping at the Community Food and Outreach Center’s ‘Hopeful Harvest’ event. [Pro Hockey News]

• The history of hockey jerseys, looking at the era from 1983-99. [Third String Homecoming]

• Some of the upcoming restricted free agents that will cash in this summer. [Dobber Hockey]

• The Beauts picked up their first win of the season, Sunday at the New York Riveters. [Today’s Slapshot

• The Finnish National Team retired the jerseys of Saku Koivu, Jere Lehtinen and Ville Peltonen. [World Junior 2016]

• Finally, Check out this Teddy Bear Toss no-goal from our Buzzing the Net blog.

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