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: A Detroit Red Wings fans watches the action. (Photo by Leon Halip/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Preview: Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Detroit Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Ottawa Senators at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: New Jersey Devils at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET
Preview: Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets, 8 p.m. ET
Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Phoenix Coyotes, 9 p.m. ET
Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Minnesota Wild at Anaheim Ducks, 10 p.m. ET
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...
1. Boston T.T. Party. It's the return of Tim Thomas, who won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins back in 2011, if you recall. (I totally do. Sadface.) On Tuesday night, he starts against his former team for the first time. Tuukka Rask gets the start for Boston.
2. Funky Blue Jackets, Senators. Not too long ago, both of these clubs were on hot streaks. Now they're in funks, and they meet looking to give up the funk. A loss would be the Senators' 5th in 6 games. For the Blue Jackets, it would be three straight on the heels of their eight-game winning streak, the longest in franchise history. They're in danger of wasting it.
3. Blues with a vengeance. The last time the Blues met the Devils, they were on the wrong end of an embarrassing, 7-1 loss. Tuesday night's meeting is a chance at redemption.
4. Blackhawks struggling. Enough to lose to Calgary? The Blackhawks have lost 7 of 10. They're in a bad place right now. But as they open a western road trip, one wonders: is it bad enough to lose to the Flames? Or will Calgary be where the ship gets righted?
5. No love for the Wild. Anaheim has had Minnesota's number of late. They've won six straight against the Wild, and considering they've also won 21 of their last 24, I'd pick them to win again tonight.
Bold prediction: But that wouldn't be a bold prediction, and this section is about bold predictions. So here goes: Wild beat the Ducks.