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Previews: Flames eye perfection; Hartnell escapes punishment

Sean Leahy
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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.

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Preview: Florida Panthers (1-1-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (1-2-0), 7 p.m. EST. The Cats play their first game in North America tonight after returning home from Helsinki after splitting a two-game series with the Chicago Blackhawks. Dominic Moore(notes) will likely not be with the Panthers as he's still dealing with visa issues. Cam Ward(notes) is looking for another solid performance in goal for the Hurricanes after allowing four goals in 30 minutes against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Preview: Dallas Stars (0-0-2) at Calgary Flames (4-0-0), 9 p.m. EST. Would the Flames be considered "good" or "lucky" at this point? Two of their wins have come thanks to goals in the waning moments against the Edmonton Oilers helping to establish a franchise best start to a season. The Stars have the best shootout record since it was instituted beginning with the 2005-06 season and yet find themselves starting the season with two shootout losses. Alex Audl gets the start over Marty Turco(notes) tonight in goal for Dallas.

Evening Reading

-Crazy happenings last night during the St. Louis Blues home opener. An escalator malfunctioned and threw several riders forward. None of the 13 people involved were seriously injured, but five were taken to a local hospital. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

-The NHL has decided not to punish Scott Hartnell(notes) after last night's incident with Kris Letang(notes) due to a lack of evidence. [TSN]

-Oilers head coach Pat Quinn is not happy with a play in last night's Flames-Oilers game involving Jarome Iginla(notes) and Sheldon Souray(notes) that saw the Edmonton defenseman lose his footing and crash into the boards face first. Quinn believes Iginla knocked out the feet of Souray. "I don't understand the players of today. If that had happened in the old days, he would have got hit over the head with a stick right after." Dino Ciccarelli and Chris Simon(notes) approve of this method of retaliation. Judge for yourself here. Fair or foul? For his comments, Quinn has been fined $10,000 by the NHL. [Calgary Herald]

-In his upcoming book, newly retired Theo Fleury(notes) reveales that like Sheldon Kennedy, he was also sexually abuse by Graham James. [Calgary Sun]

-Big blow to the Detroit Red Wings. Johan Franzen(notes) is out a minimum of four months with a torn knee ligament. [MLive]

-The Bruins poor showing last night against Anaheim made some fans literally sick to their stomachs. s/t to McBrayer for sending that in [Barstool Sports]

-Spike has listed Vancouver Canucks fans at No. 5 in their rankings of the top 10 teams with annoying fans. [Spike]

Finally, here's Puck Daddy Josh Sacco delivering his rendition of the "Miracle" speech to members of the Nashville Predators family:

Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: Damian R. on the Scott Hartnell bite incident --

"Letang, its what's for dinner."

Bold Prediction: Dallas ends Calgary's unbeaten streak with a shootout win and James Neal(notes) scores the winner.

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