Oct 20, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; A Columbus Blue Jackets Ice Girl shovels ice during a stoppage in play during the game against the Vancouver Canucks at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

CannonBalls: Your Daily Barrage Of CBJ And NHL Links – 12/16/13


Cannonballs is a daily series where we will gather up links to other interesting stories from the Columbus Blue Jackets blogosphere, as well as general NHL and hockey news. While we strive to bring you the best coverage of the Columbus Blue Jackets here at the Union and Blue, there are several other CBJ blogs that do a great job as well. So with that, here is today’s edition of Union and Blue Cannonballs! 

Columbus Blue Jackets

Gaborik Eyeing Return: Several injured Columbus Blue Jackets players are looking to return to the lineup this week. Both Marian Gaborik and James Wisniewski took part in the morning skate before the St. Louis game. Coach Todd Richards has yet to name a date, but Gaborik, Wisniewski, and Curtis McElhinney should be back soon. [ Blue Jackets Xtra ]

30 Teams, 30 Surprises: Over at Bleacher Report, Dave Lozo lists out 30 surprises for each NHL team. Here’s a hint for the CBJ: he’s a former Ranger and most are ready to sew the C on his chest [ Bleacher Report ]

Understudy Steps Into the Spotlight: Fox Sports Ohio took a look at Mike McKenna and his journey to his first NHL start against St. Louis. [Fox Sports Ohio ]

NHL

Puck Daddy 24/7 Drinking Game: In case you didn’t hear, HBO’s NHL 24/7 started Saturday night, and to add to the festivities, Puck Daddy devised a drinking game for the series. [ Puck Daddy ]

24/7 Episode 1 Review: Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy has his review of episode 1 of NHL 24/7: Wings – Leafs. *SPOILERS* [ Puck Daddy ]

NHL Suspends Jets’ Anthony Peluso: When the Jackets take on the Winnipeg Jets tonight, Winnipeg will be without forward Anthony Peluso, as he was suspended by the NHL for boarding Alex Goligoski [ Puck Daddy ]

NCAA Hockey

NCAA Announces Future Frozen Four Hosts: Columbus was among the finalists for future considerations for the Frozen Four tournament, but Boston, Tampa, Chicago, and St. Paul made the cut. [ SB Nation College Hockey ]

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