Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m. ET. Who would've thought that on Jan. 11, the Pens and Caps would be 8th and 10th, respectively, in the Eastern Conference standings. Currently, the Penguins are in the midst of a 5-game losing streak. They haven't lost six in a row since the 2005-06 season. Washington lost both of their games in California over the weekend, but enter tonight's tilt with Pittsburgh 11-0-2 against the Penguins in their last 13 meetings during the regular season. But chin up, Pens fans. Sidney Crosby is going to skate this week.
Preview: New Jersey Devils at Edmonton Oilers, 9 p.m. ET. It's been three games since the Oilers lost Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to a shoulder injury and all three have been losses. Back home after a 7-game road trip, the Oilers are without another young star in Jordan Eberle, who suffered a knee injury on Saturday night. For the Devils, Martin Brodeur was pulled Tuesday night in Calgary after allowing two goals in the opening 7:32 in a 6-3 loss to the Flames and he'll watch from the bench tonight as Johan Hedberg gets the call.
• Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke on the results of Sports Illustrated's players' poll on the most overrated NHer, which featured Dion Phaneuf No. 1 and Mike Komisarek No. 10: "They can all go defecate in their chapeaus. I am thrilled to have both players on my team." I'm going to bet Burke's tie was undone as he delivered that fantastic line. [The Star]
• Right this way for your NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings. [NHL.com]
• Former Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray didn't go all Barry Melrose on his former club in an interview today. [LA Kings Insider]
• Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta will be out indefinitely after undergoing bicep surgery to repair a tear suffered last night against the St. Louis Blues. [Canadiens]
Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: "Michael" on Brad Richards' breakup with Olivia Munn:
If Olivia Munn now dates Sean Avery, is that "irony"?
Bold prediction: Both games end 3-2 and are decided in the shootout. Winners: Capitals and Devils.
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