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.
Look, we’re not looking to be mean to the Florida Panthers. We’re just wondering what this “Harlem Shake” would look like without the Leafs fans filling the seats.
Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET. The Leafs are on an historic pace for road success at the moment. From the Sun: “When did they most recently have eight wins in their first 10 road games? You have to go all the way back to 1934-35, when they were 8-1-1 in their initial 10 games away from Toronto.” Ben Scrivens gets the call.
Preview: Winnipeg Jets at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET. Thus begins a critical five-game road trip for the Jets. The Sabres are struggling a bit on the power play, to the tune of “2 for 34 in nine games this month.”
Preview: New York Islanders at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m. ET. No Milan Michalek again for the Sens, who is still out with a bum knee. But more importantly … WE HAVE A RICK DIPIETRO SIGHTING!
Preview: San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET. Well, the Blues should be bright eyed and bushy tailed for this game, considering they didn’t get back home from their trip to Vancouver until 6:30 a.m. this morning.
Preview: Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers, 7 p.m. ET. Brandon Prust faces his former mates. Said Ryan Callahan: “He’s a good player with high energy who takes the body. he was great for us when he was here. He did a lot of things for us and I’ve got nothing but respect for him. It’ll be fun to play against him.”
Preview: Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. ET. Detroit’s first game against the Preds since Nashville eliminated them from the playoffs last postseason. Jordin Tootoo plays his first game against the Predators, and he’s ready to bring it.
Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. ET. Read our preview of this one here, as the Blackhawks go for a share of the NHL record for most games without a loss to start the season and the Canucks attempt to spoil it.
Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers, 10 p.m. ET. Nikolai Khabibulin gets the start for the Oilers against a Kings team that’s 1-5-2 when scoring two or fewer goals this season.
Bold Prediction: Jordin Tootoo scores the game-winner vs. Nashville.