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.
There are 12 games on the schedule this evening. We'll hit a few of the highlights here. Check out the Y! Sports scores and scheds page for a complete rundown.
From Puck Buddy Doug F. comes this item from eBay: "The Oldest Hockey Stick in the World (Dated between 1633 and 1666)." The seller writes that it's a MI'KMAQ Indian (Nova Scotia) stick that has been on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Asking price: A cool $1,000,000, although it appears the bidding is over. Tell us that wouldn't look good above your neon flashing Pabst Blue Ribbon sign. [eBay]
Preview: Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars (8:30 p.m. EST; TV: RSW, FSSW). The Stars continue life without Brad Richards. Interesting discussion on Dallas Stars Blog about the next Dallas player to have his number retired. For the Oilers, the Edmonton Journal had the following headline today: "Stortini not just a Huggy Bear; Oilers enforcer has actually started throwing punches this season." Good for you, Huggy Bear.
Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m. EST; TV: CBC, RDS, Yahoo! Sports). Is this game the "See You On The Way Down Classic" or what? Two teams in turmoil face off tonight, with the Habs playing their second road game in as many nights. Guy Lafleur went to bat for Alexei Kovalev today: "No player with his talent would accept being humiliated like that." Don't sweat it, Guy: Reports say Kovalev rejoins the Habs on Friday.
• TSN's Darren Dreger offers the Top 10 most interesting trade possibility as the deadline nears. Erik Cole has probably had his bags packed for the last three weeks. Chris Pronger? Depends on the Ducks' surge or fade over the next few games. Ryan Smyth? The rumors about the Colorado Avalanche forward aren't exactly stopping, but Mile High Hockey has its doubts. [TSN]
Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. EST; TV: MSG, CSP). What the hell happened to Daniel Paille? Dude scored 19 goals last year and has just six this season, but has been a healthy scratch here and there this season. The reason? Evidently Lindy Ruff has something against physical players who don't play physical and don't score either. Go figure.
Preview: New Jersey Devils at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. EST; TV: MSG, SUN). The Lightning shut down defenseman Paul Ranger for the rest of the season, and we're sure it's going to be really tough on the guy not to be there for the playoff push. Oh, it gets better: Andrej Meszaros is also gone for the season, and Mike Smith could be as well. Meanwhile, Fire & Ice has a really bittersweet interview with former Devils coach Pat Burns. Your heart goes out to the guy.
The Chief offers a great stat for the Detroit Red Wings' goalies: "Chris Osgood has exactly one more game of less than 3 goals allowed than Ty Conklin does shutouts." And that's why he thinks ConkBlock is your starter in Detroit. [A2Y]
Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m. EST; TV: FSOH, LTV). BJs Coach Ken Hitchcock is trying to become just the 13th coach in NHL history to reach 500 wins, the team is in a playoff berth and the Jackets are six games over .500 for the first time since the franchise started play. In other news, the Leafs still play in Toronto.
It's possible that Puck Daddy had an acid flashback today. [Simply Sensational]
Preview: Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m. EST; TV: CSBA). Finally, a terrific story today from a writer named Hank Drew of Spartan Daily about Claude Lemieux, his first "fight" in the NHL comeback and his thoughts about being a 43-year-old pro player: "You should get a job. You should get married and have kids. By the time you are 40 you should start feeling like crap. You should not be active anymore. You should not go back to school. You should start feeling older. By the time you are 50, you start having grand kids. ... Ninety-nine-point-nine-nine percent of everyone are followers and they do not want to break the mold. I'm not one of those guys." Love him or hate him, it's great stuff.