Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. ET. Like anyone trying to get a cell phone signal in Verizon Center, that building has been a house of horrors of late for the Lightning. Losers of 10 of their last 12 in Washington, Tampa looks to snap a five-game skid. The Capitals moved into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night, improving their record under head coach Dale Hunter to 10-9-1.
Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m. ET. The Leafs look for their fifth in a row as they finish a home-and-home with the Sabres. Whether you're one to use injuries as an excuse, this season has been nothing but a disappointment for Buffalo. Tonight will be the Sabres' last home game before they play their next seven on the road.
Preview: Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 p.m. ET. The Ducks have won three of their last four, while the Oilers have dropped four in a row in a battle of Western Conference cellar dwellers. The matchup will feature the return of Andrew Cogliano to Edmonton, where he spent the first four years of his career.
• Mike Richards of the Los Angeles Kings on the instigator penalty after his tiff with Brenden Morrow of the Dallas Stars Thursday night: "I think Brian Burke said in, in an article last week, about how the smaller — I don't know the exact words he used — I think he said `rats,' but how the smaller guys are starting to take over the league. You make a hit like that — not that Morrow didn't defend himself, because he's a tough guy and probably got the better side of me on that — and then we're down four minutes at a key part of the game. If I get four minutes after that, and put the team down, you're probably going to think twice about it (next time). It's a touchy subject. It's something that I don't think us, as players, totally understand what they want. If you're going to give a guy a four-minute penalty for sticking up for teammates, I think that's the wrong way.'' [LA Kings Insider]
• From a Flames fan perspective, the good, bad and cynical about last night's Mike Cammalleri for Rene Bourque deal. [Flames Nation]
• "Will the Real Capitals Show up in Washington?" [The Hockey Writers]
Puck Daddy Reader Comment of the Day: "Wtmommy" is no fan of Steven Tyler's attendance at the Kings/Stars game last night:
"Please make Steven Tyler go far, far away. This guy looks unbearably creepy. WTH does he have to do with hockey? Doesn't he have some houses to haunt?"
Bold Prediction: All five road teams will be victorious.
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