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Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Blues visit Blackhawks; Handzus reaches 1,000

Sean Leahy
Puck Daddy

Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

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Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. EST

Preview: St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m. EST

Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Winnipeg Jets, 8 p.m. EST

Preview: Nashville Predators at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m. EST

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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...

1) James Reimer goes again. For the first time this season, a Maple Leafs goaltender will play in back-to-back games.

2) Game 1,000 for Michal Handzus. The NHL veteran reaches a milestone many years after he got rid of this glorious, glorious mane.

3) Dustin Byfuglien a no go for Jets. Out with a lower body injury, Winnipeg will head into one of many upcoming "must-win" games without their leading scorer from the blue line.

4) Still hope for the Canucks. This doesn't seem too tough, right? "They have 11 games remaining and will likely have to win them all to reach the post-season for a sixth straight season. Considering they haven't won two in a row since beating Calgary and Edmonton 20 games ago, it's hard to believe they will now rise up, overcome key injuries and reel off a string of victories against some formidable teams still on their schedule." Good luck.

5) Rich Peverley has successful surgery. Not related to tonight's games, but good new for Peverley, via a statement from Stars GM Jim Nill: “Rich Peverley underwent successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, March 18. He is currently in normal sinus rhythm. He was released from the Cleveland Clinic today and is expected to return to Dallas tomorrow. He will be monitored closely and may require further treatment. There is no decision being made at this time on his ability to return to hockey participation.”

Bold prediction: The Lightning keep rolling and Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat continue to dominate with a pair of goals. 5-2 Bolts.

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