Puck Headlines: Gaborik returning; Injury-prone Islanders

Sean Leahy

Here are your Evening Puck Headlines and Previews: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

For previews of all eight games tonight on the NHL schedule, please do check out the Y! Sports scoreboard.

-Marian Gaborik stated today his intentions of returning to the lineup on Sunday when the Wild take on Edmonton. One last-ditch effort to cling to his desire of a big money contract? Wild Nation would like to see Gabby sign a short-term deal with Minnesota to help build his value back up. [Russo's Rants]

-Having not skated since November 29, Joe Sakic took to the ice this morning in hopes of playing before season's end. Is snow blower season over in Colorado yet? [Avalanche]

-Mirtle points out that at this rate, the New York Islanders will lead the NHL in man-games lost for the third consecutive season. (Insert all Rick DiPietro jokes here.) [From the Rink]

-After going 4-6-1 in their last 11 games, the Sharks called a 90 minutes meeting before practice yesterday. Will they vent their frustrations out on Nashville tonight? [NHL]

-The Overlooked All-Stars brought to you by Mike Dell. [LCS Hockey]

-Bob Gainey is not only going to be busy turning things around in Montreal on the ice, but he's going to have a very busy summer as well. [THN]

-For you college hockey junkies, here's the "PairWise Predictor 2009" to help you figure out who's making the NCAA tournament. [USCHO]

-Scotty Hockey ventured to Montreal and chronicled the Rangers shootout victory over the Habs on Tuesday night. [Scotty Hockey]

-Unlike a spurned ex-girlfriend who will slice a hole in your car tires, spread nasty rumors, or even cooking your beloved pet rabbit, Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz has used rejection to further along his hockey career. [Tribune-Review]

-Marc Savard on his tiff with Sidney Crosby: "Well, it was just chirping you know ... whatever," said Savard. "There was nothing there. I don't even want to talk about it." [Big Bad Blog via WEEI]

-Pascal Leclaire won't be donning pads against until at least July. [Ottawa Citizen]

-Finally, the TSN crew debate the Hart Trophy winner: Malkin or Ovechkin (more on this tomorrow):