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Puck Previews: Canucks on a roll; Hasek Olympic worthy?

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: Vancouver Canucks (2-3-0) at Calgary Flames (4-2-1), 9 p.m. EST.

Maybe Wysh’s Stanley Cup prediction wasn’t so wrong? Vancouver enters tonight looking to win their third game in a row after starting the season with a goose egg. Their two wins over Montreal and Dallas were sobered by the injuries to Daniel Sedin(notes) (4-6 weeks) and Sami Salo(notes) (3-5 weeks). And maybe, just maybe, Willie Mitchell(notes) and Jarome Iginla(notes) will throw down for a third time in three seasons?

Preview: Boston Bruins (2-3-0) at Dallas Stars (2-0-3), 8:30 p.m. EST.

If the Bruins are to live up to the high expectations that surround them, one of the aspects of their game that will need to improve is the power-play. Other than going 4-for-8 against the Carolina Hurricanes early in the season Boston is a miserable 0-for-21. Look for some line changes from Boston tonight as they try and shake things up. They'll be without Dennis Wideman(notes) again who is recovering from a shoulder injury suffered last weekend.

Preview: Atlanta Thrashers (2-1-0) at New Jersey Devils (3-2-0), 7 p.m. EST.

Preview: New York Islanders (0-1-3) at Buffalo Sabres (3-0-1), 7 p.m. EST.

Preview: Philadelphia Flyers (3-1-1) at Florida Panthers (1-4-0), 7:30 p.m. EST.

Preview: Minnesota Wild (1-4-0) at Edmonton Oilers (3-2-1), 9 p.m. EST.

Evening Reading

-Dominik Hasek(notes) in goal for the Czech Republic at the 2010 Winter Olympics? Watch out Tomas Vokoun(notes). [The Hockey News]

-Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Van Ryn(notes) has decided to have extensive knee surgery done and he is finished for the rest of this season and possibly his career. [TSN]

-Tony wants to see an end to all of the early season pronouncements. So you’re telling me asking, “Can the Penguins go 41-0-0 on the road?” is a tad early? [The Confluence]

-Congrats to Nicklas Lidstrom(notes) who reached the 1000-point milestone last night. Craig Custance says that the achievement is another reason why he’s so darn important for the Detroit blue line. [Sporting News]

-Another TV carrier dispute? St. Louis Blues fans are SOL if they have Dish Network. Apparently, 34 games on Fox Sports Midwest will not be broadcast this season. [Frozen Notes]

-IIHF president Rene Fasel says that Gary Bettman is “completely wrong” in his thought that the NHL will not benefit from any further participation in the Olympics. [CTV]

-Joe Pelletier looks back at hockey’s version of Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

-Georges Laraque(notes) can’t promote an energy drink that contains alcohol, but NHL arenas can be plastered with beer sponsorships and post-game shows can be sponsored by vodka companies? Right, got it. [Fanhouse]

-In their attempt to lure the NHL back to Quebec, the city has announced plans for a $400 million state-of-the-art arena to be built by 2012. [Globe& Mail]

-After selling out their home opener, the Coyotes attendance last night was low. Very low. It should be interesting to track these numbers as the season moves along. [From the Rink]

-Then again, maybe their new “We Win, You Win” campaign will help those numbers? [Coyotes]

Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: From Geno 71 about the Canadiens use of seven skaters in the final minute of last night’s loss to Colorado:

“Great, now we are going to have 7 Montreal skaters start the all star game.”

Bold Prediction: The Atlanta Thrashers will go into New Jersey and win thanks to a pair of Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) goals.

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