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.
Preview: Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens (7:30 p.m. EST; TV: RDS, RSN). Even if the Habs lose this game, they still have a 95.9-percent chance of making the postseason. That's the good news. The bad news is that TSN is reporting the Habs "will be without leading scorer Andrei Markov for three weeks and Mathieu Schneider's season is over." Yikes.
• Now, we're only assuming David Boreanaz -- formerly of "Angel," now of "Bones -- will attend the just-announced all-day charity poker tournament the NHL will hold in Las Vegas on June 17, because he's as "famous for the NHL" as they come. And we're assuming the Mats Sundin will participate in said event because he sold his soul to Pokerstars.net, which is co-sponsoring the awards show eve tournament. But mostly we're pointing out that on a day when hockey broadcaster Jack Edwards reminded us that hockey doesn't need ESPN, the NHL is celebrating the very card game that for which the network shunned hockey earlier this decade. Irony, thy name is pocket aces. [NHL.com]
• Ken Campbell writes about NCAA hockey's challenges, including that it is "a regional sport played too well by too many small schools." Yes, just look at those tiny liberal arts colleges that made last season's Frozen Four. Notre what now? [THN]
• The George Mason University band will serve as Bemidji State's pep band at the Frozen Four, because one overhyped Cinderella that is immediately forgotten after falling short of the championship round deserves another. [DC Sports Bog]
• Really fantastic magazine-length article on Washington Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau, as he discusses many issues including the motivation to prove something to the Commander-in-Chief: "When Barack Obama was elected, he named off all the other Washington sports. He said he can't wait to see a Redskins and a Wizards and a Nationals game. But he forgot to say Capitals. We really want to do so well this year that we're going to have the President sitting in the stands to see what all the fuss is about. We're going to get him." [Toronto Star, H/T Mirtle]
Preview: Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres (7 p.m. EST; TV: VS). Some perspective on this game, from the AP: "The Sabres have won just two of their last 17 games against the Red Wings, including only once in the past seven games at home since the 1996-97 season." The road to the Eastern Conference playoffs rolls on!
Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames (9:30 p.m. EST; TV: RSW). From Michael Cammalleri: "We win tonight, we win tomorrow, we clinch." And there's nothing Vancouver Canucks fans can do about it, other than believe in the magic of Jonathan Quick.
• You know, by any measure it appears that Marek Zidlicky has had an absolutely crap season for the Minnesota Wild. Which must mean he's a proud member of the Puck Daddy since-neglected fantasy team. [Hockey Wilderness]
• Wrap Around Curl has found a provocative modeling shot (NSFW) and wonders if it might actually be Sean Avery of the New York Rangers. The consensus in the comments is that his legs are too skinny. Which means some people really know more about Sean Avery than should be socially acceptable. [Wrap Around Curl]
• Finally, we mentioned "D3: The Mighty Ducks" has been named one of the worst movies in sports history. We don't have that trailer, but here's the next best thing: "D2" trailer is go!