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Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Parenteau healthy scratch; big ratings for Yankee Stadium game

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Create-a-Caption: Members of the Emerald Society Bagpipe Band rehearse on the field prior to the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Preview: Boston Bruins at New York Islanders, 7 p.m. ET

Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes 7 p.m. ET

Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m. ET

Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. ET

Preview: Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m. ET

Preview: Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m. ET

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

1. P.A. Scratched. Whoa now ... P.A. Parteneau is a healthy scratch for Colorado? From Dater: "The return of Alex Tanguay, who will play Monday, creates a fuller bench than Roy has had in a while. That, and Parenteau may need to regain a bit more strength in his knee after having only recently returned after missing three weeks with an injury to it."

2. Vancouver's Punching Bag. Via the CP: The Canucks have outscored Edmonton 12-3 in winning all three meetings in 2013-14 and are 15-3-2 in the series at home since the 2007-08 season.

3. Lubo's Back. Hey, remember how Lubomir Visnovsky is on the Islanders and stuff? He's set to play for the first time since Oct. 19 tonight, after recovering from a concussion.

4. Gibbons Back With Sid. Brian Gibbons continues his top line audition for the Penguins with Crosby and Kunitz after missing five games with a lower body injury.

5. Big Ratings for NHL. Sunday’s NHL Stadium Series matchup on NBC between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils from Yankee Stadium (1:27-4:30 p.m. ET) averaged 2.079 million viewers and produced a 1.3 HH rating, making it the most-watched and highest-rated single NHL regular-season game ever on NBC, both excluding NHL Winter Classics, according to Fast National data from The Nielsen Company.  The broadcast peaked in the 3-3:30 p.m. ET (1.5 HH rating and 2.299 million) half hour, which came in the second half of the Rangers’ four-goal second period, as they scored six unanswered goals to defeat the Devils 7-3.

Bold prediction: The Stars make it five in a row with a shootout win over the Avs.

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