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: Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. EST. After dropping a heartbreaker in Buffalo last night, the Canadiens look to rebound and snap a three-game losing streak. Jaroslav Halak(notes) will be in goal for Montreal and Tomas Vokoun(notes) will be back between he pipes for Florida. Travis Moen(notes), who missed last night's game after taking a Matt Cullen(notes) skate blade to the face, will be back in the lineup for the Canadiens. (Be sure to check out Moen's face in that link. Zombified!)
Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. EST. The NHL's first star of the week, Pekka Rinne(notes), will be in goal for his eighth straight start trying to keep the Predators' playoff hopes alive. Nashville sits seventh in the Western Conference, two points ahead of the red-hot Detroit Red Wings. Phoenix looks to begin another winning streak after winning nine in a row before Chicago ended things on Tuesday night.
Check out previews and updated scores for all of today's games on the Y! Sports NHL scores and scheds page.
• The complete history of NHL video games. Epic. [Gunaxin Sports]
• A mini-series about the life of Hockey Night in Canada and former NHL coach Don Cherry will premiere on CBC this weekend. You can be sure the wardrobe budget as astronomical. [Toronto Star]
Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: Andrew pointed out an interesting fact from the David Backes hit on Brian Rafalski last night:
"now backes is targeting americans? nobody is safe!"
Bold Prediction: Client Jaroslav Halak helps the Habs bounce back with a 4-0 shutout over Florida.