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Well, the NHL All Star weekend is upon us. By now you've heard that Malkin, Crosby, Bobrovsky, and at least one or two more guys will miss it due to injuries. [Columbus Dispatch]

Here are top 5 pros and cons of the festivities: the good, the bad and the upgradeable. [Silver Seven]

Among new things to jazz things up will be the inaugural Mascot Showdown. The way things are going, this may end up being the main event. [NHL.com]

NHL All-Star Game ticket policy changed at last minute, hurting parents with small kids. [Jackets Cannon]

Four things we learned from the first half of the NHL season. [The Score]

The top ASG vote getter was the pride of Latvia and their highest-ever drafter player Zemgus Girgensons. Here is a great article on what hockey means to fans in the small Baltic country. [Yahoo Sports Canada]

Henrik Lundqvist continues to impress. Sigh. I am tired of Mr. Perfect. [Blueshirt Banter]

Who is the Capitals' biggest All Star snub? Backstrom, absolutely. The most underrated player in the league. [Japers Rink]

Which states produce the most American all-stars? [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

Can the Wings win the Atlantic? Honestly, I don't see why not. [Winging It In Motown]

In a trip down the memory lane, a look back at the 1988-89 Buffalo Sabres and their cast of (almost) Hall-of-Famers. [Grantland]

The Wizard is hanging 'em up. Ray Whitney retires following a career that produced 1064 NHL points. [ESPN]

Martin Brodeur is not hanging 'em up as of yet, but he is extending his leave of absence from the St. Louis Blues. [Sporting News]

Craig MacTavish says the Oilers may trade one of their 1st-round picks for a more NHL-ready player. Obviously he means the one they got from us for Perron. [SportsNet]

Let's have a little analytics section for today, since there's no real hockey for 4 days. For starters, PPP has an excellent primer on PDO and normal distribution. Great read for everyone. [Pension Plan Puppets]

Another PPP writer, Stephen Burtch, examines scoring chance data that War On Ice has recently started collecting. [Hockey Prospectus]

Trading off: How much possession can my team surrender and still win? Basically, how much possession control is necessary to overcome poor percentages and vice versa.  [Hockey Graphs]

How to find good depth players? Hint: Nick Spaling is not the right answer, or why players like Sean Bergenheim and Erik Condra are still so undervalued. [TSN]

And some eye candy for the end: it's Miss Universe 2015 pageant time and in one event the contestants were supposed to showcase their national costume or dress. Miss Canada took things to a whole new level. [O Canada]