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Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Vanek debuts for Islanders; Stamkos, St. Louis rolling

Harrison Mooney
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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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Create-a-Caption: Musician Phil Collins and Vancouver Canucks' owner Francesco Aquilini chat during the NHL game against the Washington Capitals at Rogers Arena on October 28, 2013.

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Preview: Dallas Stars at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. ET

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

Preview: Anaheim Ducks at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. ET

Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils, 7:30 p.m. ET

Preview: Ottawa Senators at Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m. ET

Preview: Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET

Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Edmonton Oilers, 9 p.m. ET

Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Phoenix Coyotes, 10 p.m. ET

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

1. Thomas Vanek debuts for Islanders. The Long Island faithful will get their first look at their new acquisition versus the Rangers, and he'd better be good immediately. Matt Moulson scored two goals in his Sabres' debut. Anything less than a hat trick is unacceptable.

2. Senators looking for rare Windy City win. The last time the Ottawa Senators won in Chicago was March 28, 2001. It's been awhile. But the team is looking to bump a slump and beating an elite team like Chicago at home for the first time in over a decade is a good way to do it. A god-like -- again, only like a god -- performance from Erik Karlsson would sure help.

3. Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis are really good. The Lightning have won three straight, in large part due to Stamkos and St. Louis playing out of their minds. Both guys have 3 goals in their last 3, and a boatload of points in their last eight. Stamkos has 15, and St. Louis has 14. So stopping them is probably an important key for the Devils.

4. Jets could use a powerplay goal. The club is 0-for their last 25, and sits dead last with a PP% of 13.8. A powerplay goal would go a long way towards beating the very good Blues.

5. Phoenix is winning weirdly. Dave Tippet's brand of hockey is normally a pretty defensive one. But the 7-3-2 Coyotes, in action tonight against the Kings, are among the league leaders in goals, and Tippett's not feeling it. "Don't get me wrong. I like winning. Any time you win, you should have a smile on your face. But what I look at is how we're going to win long term. There is just some things in our game that are going to have to improve if we're going to win long term."

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Bold Prediction: Thomas Vanek doesn't score, and Islanders fans just lose it.

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