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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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...
1. Lecavalier returns, but he ain't even mad. Vincent Lecavalier returns to Tampa Bay for the first time since being bought out in the offseason, but according to the former Bolts captain, he's less concerned with proving the Lightning wrong than proving the Flyers right. Granted, if proving the Flyers right has the inadvertent side effect of proving the Lightning won, well that's just gravy. And Thanksgiving is a time for gravy.
2. This is 40. With a win over the Flames, which doesn't seem all that tall a task these days, the Blackhawks will become the first 40-point team in the league. Amazingly, that would put them only 5 points back of where they were at this point last year.
3. Maple Leafs look to bounce back. The problem with being named after a leaf is that when fall comes around, no one is surprised when you dry up and die. That's what the Leafs did Monday night in a 6-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. But they're back at it Wednesday against a Pittsburgh team that's struggling a little right now as well.
4. Wild and Parise-free. Not only do the Minnesota Wild have to bounce back from being shut out for the first time this season, but they have to do it without Zach Parise, who's out two weeks with a foot injury. Mike Yeo: "First off, when a guy like Zach gets hurt, it's always concerning because he's a top-notch player and brings an awful lot more than just scoring goals. but I do think that we're a deep enough team and I think we have enough character that we should be able to battle through it."
5. Nolan still seeking second win. Ted Nolan began his return to the NHL 1-0, but he's 0-4 since, and things aren't looking good for the losing skid to end versus the Canadiens. They've won three straight. Also they're better.
Bold Prediction: Blackhawks win in the routiest rout that ever routed.
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- Tampa Bay Lightning
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- Gary Bettman
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- Vincent Lecavalier