Puck Previews: Coyotes, Avalanche clash; Maltby to IR?

Sean Leahy

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.

Preview: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m. EST. With a win and a New Jersey loss, the Penguins could overtake the lead in the Atlantic Division for the first time since early January. Marian Gaborik(notes) participated in today's morning skate and will be a game-time decision after suffering a lacerated thigh in practice on Tuesday. The Penguins enter tonight's game with a three-game home winning streak. Watch this game live on Y! Sports

Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m. EST. In a battle between two teams who have already surpassed point totals from a year ago, Phoenix looks to continue its winning ways as they've taken eight of their last nine. Colorado has been backstopped by Craig Anderson(notes), who became the fourth goaltender in Avalanche history to win 30 games in a season. The Avalanche have won eight of 10 at home and attempt to end their current four-game homestand undefeated. Watch this game live on Y! Sports

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

Evening Reading

Kirk Maltby(notes) may be the Red Wing that ends up on long-term injury reserve with Andreas Lilja(notes) coming back to the lineup. [Freep]

• Team USA Ron Wilson can't get away from the Olympic trash talk from his neighbors in Toronto. [ESPN]

• Reaction to the Cam Barker(notes)/Kim Johnsson deal from both sides. [Chicago: Second City Hockey] [Minnesota: Hockey Wilderness]

• Not hockey-related, but rest in peace Nodar Kumaritashvili. The Georgian luger was killed during an Olympic training run in Whistler this afternoon. Reports say he was traveling upwards of 90 mph before he crashed. He was just 21 years old. [NBC Olympics]

Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: Doogie sums up the recent theme coming from NHL owners:

"Funny, Daryl Katz gave essentially the same speech on Edmonton radio last night. 'Tis the season to be brutally honest about your crappy hockey team?"

Bold Prediction: Joe Sakic(notes), not Wayne Gretzky, lights the Olympic flame during the Opening Ceremony tonight.