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: New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET. There are some valuable Eastern Conference points on the line this week as the Rangers and Maple Leafs play a home-and-home Monday night and Wednesday. The Rangers will feature the same lineup from Saturday's 4-1 win over Carolina, while the Leafs' lineup will see Ryan O'Byrne make his debut since coming over in a trade from Colorado. Toronto will still be without Joffrey Lupul, who suffered an concussion upper-body injury last week. He skated for 10 minutes Monday morning for the second day in a row. There's no timetable set for his return.
Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET. The Tyler Seguin experiment at center is over. The Bruins forward found a grey sweater hanging in his stall on Monday meaning he'll be back on the wing between Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley. The Hurricanes have dropped four in a row, leaving them eight points out of a playoff spot, while the Bruins will try to keep pace with the Montreal Canadiens for Northeast Division supremacy. Things aren't going well in Carolina, as Canes Country sums up: "Third in the Division. 13th in the Eastern Conference. 26th in the League. Seven straight home losses (tying a franchise record). 1-10-1 in the last 12 games. On the outside of the playoff race. Looking good for a high draft pick in the off-season."
Preview: Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks, 10 p.m. ET It's "Boo Justin Schultz Night" at Honda Center as the Oilers defenseman and Duck draft pick visits the team he left as a UFA over the summer after failing to come to terms with them. “I saw an opportunity in Edmonton and I don’t regret that decision,” Schultz told the Edmonton Journal.
• How close is a potential Kings/Ducks outdoor game at Dodger Stadium to becoming reality? An announcement for a Jan. 25, 2014 game could come as soon as next week. [LA Times]
• So, what's the deal with the Flyers showing all this love for Steve Mason? [Broad Street Hockey]
• Speaking of goaltending, it looks like Joel Quenneville will use a platoon in net come playoff time. [ESPN Chicago]
• Ryan Kesler returns for the Canucks tonight. [Vancouver Sun]
Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: Kevin on "Blacky Hawky Spider":
The fact that other people joined in with the singing, and no one stopped this guy is disturbing.
Bold Prediction: Justin Schultz nets the game-winning goal on the power play as the Oilers edge the Ducks 3-2.
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