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: New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: New Jersey Devils at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: New York Islanders at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m. ET
Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Anaheim Ducks, 10 p.m. ET
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...
1) Prodigal Lu. Roberto Luongo starts for the Panthers, something we haven't said since late 2006. It's about the only reason to watch Florida and Buffalo, two of the league's worst teams, at this point in the season.
2) Pittsburgh and Anaheim. It's a battle of division leaders -- and members of the bird family -- as the Penguins and Ducks go at it in Anaheim, but neither of these teams is really in the mood to preen right now. Anaheim is 4-5-1 in their last 10 home games. And the Penguins have surrendered 11 goals in the first three games of a five game road trip.
3) Calgary holds the fort. The Flames aren't very good, but they're pretty good at home right now. They've won 6 of their last 7 in Cowtown, and with the struggling Islanders paying them a visit Friday, they've got a good chance of making it 7 of 8.
4) Ruutu debuts for Devils. The Devils were looking to add a little grit to their top-nine and they grabbed Tuomo Ruutu from Carolina at the deadline. He makes his first appearance for New Jersey in Detroit.
5) St. Louis seeks first Rangers' win. The diminutive scorer looked like the only Ranger interested in winning his debut, so here's hoping they all join him his second time out. Maybe they can take inspiration from the addition of Raphael Diaz, who plays his first game as a Ranger?
Bold prediction: Pittsburgh gets crushed by the Ducks.