Welcome to the final day of 2014, everyone! The Blackhawks are in the nation's capital getting ready for Thursday's big Winter Classic matchup against the Capitals at Nationals Park, and I hope everyone has a great New Year's Eve of partying before then. Seriously, the next couple days are going to be amazinggggggggg. Onto the news!
**That pesky light machine in the sky that we call the Sun could delay Thursday's Winter Classic start time due to glare (SI.com)
**So we're pretty good at filling out All-Star Game ballots, huh? (PHT)
**The Winter Classic entertainment will also include Billy Idol, Gavin DeGraw and Lee Greenwood, none of which remotely appeal to my 23-year-old self. I suppose I will have to crank the Tame Impala between periods. (Puck Daddy)
**Uh oh!!! Another informal holiday practice that wasn't approved by the league, this time in New Jersey. (Fire & Ice)
**Dany Heatley cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL (Ducks)
**Listen to Beau Bennett, everyone: maybe the mumps aren't so bad. (NHL.com)