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: Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET. Game of the night. Kris Versteeg(notes) is expected to skate with Mike Richards(notes) and Brian Boucher(notes) will start, as Sergei Bobrovsky(notes) was pulled in both of his starts against the Bolts. The Flyers seek to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Lightning. Coach Peter Laviolette on the Lightning system: "They came out really hard the last time we played them, but their game, whether they have the lead or not, is to sit back a little. They're an old-style team, almost trapping and countering. They do it a little different than they used to do it a few years back, but it's just trap and countering and trap and countering, trying to get you to turn pucks over at the red line."
Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET. Brian Burke's Tomas Kaberle tease on Boston radio followed by Cam Neely saying the Bruins were close to a deal has totally sucked the fun out of Phil Kessel(notes) In Boston Night. OK, not totally.
Preview: San Jose Sharks at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. Ten of the last 12 games between these teams have been decided by one goal. Good piece from RLD's Ryan Porth on Antti Niemi(notes), including this from Marc-Edouard Vlasic(notes): "Niemi is playing like he did against us last year (in the playoffs), that's for sure. He has kept us in a lot of games, he's won us a lot of games. It's just a great confidence knowing you have a goalie that's playing well back there." Meanwhile, check out Nick Cotsonika's great column on Shea Weber's(notes) leadership for the Preds.
Bold Prediction: Canucks overcome blue line woes, top the Wild in Minnesota by two goals.
- Peter Laviolette