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.
• From Puck Daddy reader (we really need to come up with something better than that) Alex E. comes this ridiculous bit of minor league malarkey, from Icethetics: "January 31 was Golden Ice Night for the IHL's Kalamazoo Wings, sponsored by McDonald's. But it wasn't enough to just have yellow ice (really hope they used paint, by the way). No, instead every K-Wing was forced to dress like Ronald McDonald. I totally wish I was kidding. The Wings actually took the ice against the Bloomington PrairieThunder looking like this." [Icethetics]
• Ignoring the dim-witted baseline for the study (wait, Mike Richards can do more than fight?), this look at the NHL's pugilists that can actually also play a little hockey is a reminder that, for the most part, the days of knuckle-dragging fourth liners crowding rosters is over. Well, save for David Koci and Wade Brookbank. [TSN]
Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m. EST; TV: TSN, RDS). Ryan Miller has a shutout streak of 126 minutes, 52 seconds coming into this game. More importantly, this Sunday is his annual Buffalo Sabres Catwalk for Charity event. Zippers up, boys.
Preview: New Jersey Devils at Atlanta Thrashers (7:30 p.m. EST; TV: MSG+, SS). Kevin Weekes gets a rare start for the Devs, which we assume will be even rarer when Marty gets back. And by "rarer" we mean "non-existent."
Preview: Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild (8 p.m. EST; TV: FSS, FSNO). Will Calgary entrepreneur Brett Wilson be the next "local" to join the Predators' ownership group? Meanwhile, Michael Russo has a good look at Niklas Backstrom's very strong season for the Wild.
• From Ken Campbell: "Over the past 11 seasons, the team losing in the Stanley Cup final has made it out of the first round of the playoffs the following year only once - the Dallas Stars got to the second round in 2001 after losing the final to the New Jersey Devils in 2000." If this is you trying to make Max Talbot cry, congratulations, jerk. [THN]
• According to ESPN readers, the NBA has the worst officiating and the NHL has ... the best? Seriously? [Red Skate]
Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m. EST; TV: NHLN, FSPI). Wade Dubielewicz gets the nod for the Jackets, per Goalie Post. Hopefully, the Penguins take a lead into the third tonight; Malkin's not made out of money, you know.
• Finally, if you haven't seen it, the NHL's Wings/Pens preview. Thanks for a great week: