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.
Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m. ET. Roberto Luongo gets the nod in this one for Vancouver. Drew Doughty expects a physical affair in the teams’ first meeting since last postseason: “You are getting banged, but at the same time, you are giving it back.” #HockeyPorn
Preview: Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET. Prepare thyself for the Stars’ super mega-line of Loui Ericksson, Jamie Benn and Jaromir Jagr, which is expected to be put together for the first time all season now that Benn’s back. Will Jags turn those two into his next Giroux/Hartnell? Kari Lehtonen vs. Sergei Bobrovsky, starting for the Jackets, who have lost four straight.
Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET. Anton Khudobin is in goal for the Bruins against a Hurricanes team that was undefeated against the B’s last season. No Justin Faulk for the Hurricanes, who is out with an upper body injury.
Preview: Nashville Predators at Phoenix Coyotes, 9 p.m. ET. Huge week for the Coyotes, who have two points on the season and three home games along with a trip to Dallas on the docket. Well, and that whole "sale to Greg Jamison" thing. The Preds could use a little Honey Badger magic these days.
Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 p.m. ET. No Gabe Landeskog for the Avs, as he was injured on that Brad Stuart hit. Semyon Varlamov faces the Oilers, who made some lineup tweaks that included scratching Mark Fistric and shifting Lennart Petrell to a line with Shaun Horcoff and Ryan Smyth.
Puck Daddy Reader Comment of the Day: Via ‘CMoney’ on the coach that toppled over the boards:
“Even I know there’s a line you don’t cross....he happened to hilariously fall over it”
Bold Prediction: Hat trick for Shane Doan.