Morning Skate: Is playoff picture set in Atlantic Division?


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering what the total amount of broken tables was in Buffalo this weekend with the Bills Mafia celebrating their first playoff berth this century.
-- If you're a father or a son, you'll love watching Bobby Butler and his dad celebrate his inclusion on Team USA for the Winter Olympics. This is the big-time upside of the NHL players not taking part in the games: Deserving players that otherwise would have never played in the Olympics now getting that chance.
-- Larry Brooks says that even though this season’s Winter Classic was probably the least hyped, it was still a home run for the NHL as it’s been every year since its inception.
- The Pro Hockey Talk crew has its 2018 predictions, and let’s just say there's a consensus that Erik Karlsson is getting moved.
-- Down Goes Brown has an interesting breakdown of 10 times that an NHL elite D-man has been traded, and what it meant for the team and the player.
-- Has the Atlantic Division already been decided in terms of playoff teams before even the halfway mark of the year?
-- Interesting piece on BU forward Jordan Greenway, who is breaking barriers with his inclusion on the Men’s Olympic hockey team.
-- Unlike earlier in his NHL career, Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg is beginning to fight back when things get heated.
-- There are those that believe a Max Pacioretty trade would be a foolish move for the Montreal Canadiens. I say “we’ll see” for a team that looks like it needs a house-cleaning.
-- For something completely different: The best from sports 2017 as we turn the page to the new year.

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