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Puck Previews: Atlantic Division battle; White House pays off bet

Sean Leahy
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Here are your Puck Previews: Spotlighting the key games in NHL action, news and views as well as general frivolity. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

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Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. EST. The top two teams in the Atlantic Division meet tonight in the first of two match ups over the next five days at Prudential Center. Pittsburgh enters tonight four points ahead of New Jersey, but the Devils have two games in-hand. Ilya Kovalchuk(notes), scorer of three goals since he was dealt to New Jersey, is enjoying the meaningful games with his new team: "It's always nice to play against the best teams and it's a rivalry. I'm excited. It's not fun when you play in front of 3,000 or 4,000 people. When it's sold out, that's when you like to play."

Preview: New York Rangers at Atlanta Thrashers, 7:30 p.m. EST. Both teams enter tonight losers of their last four and watching their playoff hopes slowly fade. Chris Chelios(notes) plays in his second game for the Thrashers, while Sean Avery(notes) will be watching from the press box after Rangers head coach John Tortorella said he felt he wasn't "engaged" enough. Watch this game on Y! Sports

Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. EST. No Jonathan Quick(notes) in goal for the Kings as he's with his wife who gave birth to the couple's first child. Jonathan Bernier(notes) (remember him from NHL Premiere London?) will get his first start since October 2007. With their playoff hopes hanging by the thread, the Stars open up a six-game homestand against teams all currently in playoff position. Dallas looks to beat Los Angeles for the first time this season after dropping the first four meetings heading into tonight. Justin Williams(notes) returns to the Kings' lineup after missing 28 games due to a broken leg.

Check out previews and updated scores for all of today's games on the Y! Sports NHL scores and scheds page.

Evening Reading

• If haven't already, don't forget to vote in our Sidney Crosby Golden Roar art contest and check out the full gallery of 300+ entries.

• One of Sid's fans? Snoop D-O-double-G. Fo-shizzle. [PSAMP]

-Did you know the 2010 IIHF World Championships has an official song? Neither did I. Needs more Rammstein, though. [IIHF]

• White House press secretary Robert Gibbs paid up on his bet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's spokesman by donning a Team Canada jersey at the start of today's press briefing. [ESPN]

• Two Montreal Canadiens fans donned blackface and Afro wigs to support P.K. Subban(notes) last night at Bell Centre. This should go over well. [Deadspin]

Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: Phil Wood has an idea for the next Boston Bruins commercial:

"The Bruins Bear is one of my 10 heroes. They really need to line him up against Carlton the Bear for some Bruins - Leafs hate in one commercial since they already hit out at dating a Habs fan."

They'll have plenty of time to film that commercial in a couple of weeks.

Bold Prediction: Tyler Myers(notes) continues his quest for the Calder Trophy with a two-goal night against the Minnesota Wild in a 4-1 win for Buffalo.

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