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.
Create-a-Caption: "Canada fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere prior to the Men's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match."
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Preview: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m. ET.
Preview: Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET.
Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche, 10 p.m. ET.
Preview: St. Louis Blues at Vancouver Canucks, 10:30 p.m. ET.
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...
1. Many returns for Red Wings. Detroit will be happy to be healthy as they begin the post-Olympic NHL schedule. Beginning tonight, Johan Franzen, Todd Bertuzzi and Pavel Datsyuk will all return to the lineup.
2. Carey Price aggravates injury. Price will sit for the next two Canadiens games after leaving Wednesday's morning skate with a lower-body injury. According to head coach Michel Therrien, it's an injury from the Olympics, which is funny because the Team Canada defense didn't allow for Price to do much en route to a gold medal.
4. No Erik Johnson for Avs. Because of his slash on Frans Nielsen just before the break, Johnson will sit for two games as part of his suspension.
5. Ryan Kesler out, Henrik Sedin in. After sustaining a hand injury in Sochi, Kesler is considered day-to-day for the Canucks. Out goes one forward, in comes another as Sedin, who had to withdrawn from the Olympics due to injury, is expected to play his first game since Feb. 4.
Bold prediction: Henrik and Daniel Sedin combine for six points as the Canucks trip up the Blues 6-2 and Doug Armstrong picks up the phone to call Tim Murray.
- Sports & Recreation
- Ice Hockey
- Detroit Red Wings
- Vancouver Canucks
- Montreal Canadiens
- Boston Bruins
- Buffalo Sabres
- Carey Price
- Pavel Datsyuk
- Henrik Sedin
- Colorado Avalanche
- Los Angeles Kings