Back by popular demand, here are your Puck Previews: Spotlighting the key games in NHL action, news and views as well as general frivolity. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Pascal Dupuis hits Dennis Seidenberg with the rare upside-down hipcheck.
Who'd have thought, coming into this game, that the Blue Jackets would be the formidable opponent and the Canucks would be the struggling group looking to right the ship? But here we are, with Columbus having won five in a row and looking to match a franchise record at six, and the Canucks mired in a four-game losing streak. The key will be the Vancouver powerplay: Columbus has killed off 26 of their last 27 penalties, and the Canucks haven't scored a man advantage goal in 8 games.
Keep your eyes on that Sidney Crosby guy, who's playing all right, with 14 points in the Penguins' 5 consecutive wins in the month of March. But Boston does have two things going for them: the Penguins will be without Evgeni Malkin, and the Bruins have a great road record coming into this one: they're 9-1-2 away from Massachusetts on the season.
Preview: Anaheim Ducks at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. ET
Here's another one from the bizarro Western Conference, where this is a matchup of the 2nd and 3rd place teams. Who'd have predicted that? The two division leaders square off for the third time this season, with Minnesota looking to win their first of the series. They'll be motivated: their lead atop the Northwest is by virtue of wins, not points, so there's little room for error here.
Amazing to think that the Kings have won eight of their last ten games and only gained one point in the standings on Pacific-leading Anaheim. The Kings will look to, hopefully, gain a little more ground by continuing their dominance over the Phoenix Coyotes this this week when the two teams play three times. It's a great way to renew the hostilities that flared up during last year's Western Conference Final. The key to this one will be the two captains: Dustin Brown is coming off a two-goal performancce versus Calgary, and Shane Doan has four goals in his last 6 games.
Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: Kris, regarding Ilya Bryzgalov's claim that the Flyers could be done if they drop this week's games versus the Devils.
Bryz speakin' dat truth.
I want this on a Che Guevara-style t-shirt in the worst way.
Bold prediction: Captain fight in Phoenix!