Puck Previews: Sharks invade DC; Wang denies report

Preview: San Jose Sharks (3-2-1) at Washington Capitals (2-2-2), 7 p.m. EST.

Containing Alexander Ovechkin just became a bit tougher for the Sharks this evening. Douglas Murray(notes) will be out with flu-like symptons. Derek Joslin(notes) will be partnered with Dan Boyle(notes) on San Jose's top defense pairing as the Sharks look for their twelfth consecutive win over the Capitals. Jose Theodore(notes) will be in net tonight for Washington and Nicklas Backstrom(notes) will look to celebrate the launch of his website, www.backstrom19.com, by adding to his soaring point total.

Preview: Los Angeles Kings (4-2-0) at Detroit Red Wings (2-3-0), 7:30 p.m. EST.

No Pavel Datsyuk(notes) tonight for the Red Wings as he is recovering from an "upper-body injury". Coming off a 6-2 loss on Tuesday to the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit is trying to right the ship and improve their third-worst 3.80 goals per game average and 66.7% penalty kill. The Kings visit Detroit a night after they outplayed the New York Rangers, but still fell 4-2 at Madison Square Garden. Jon Quick(notes) is expected to be back in goal for the Kings and hopes to extend his personal best four-game win streak.

Preview: Colorado Avalanche (4-1-1) at Montreal Canadiens (2-3-0), 7:30 p.m. EST.

Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning (2-1-2) at Ottawa Senators (3-2-0), 7:30 p.m. EST.

Preview: Chicago Blackhawks (4-1-1) at Nashville Predators (2-3-0), 8:30 p.m. EST.

Preview: St. Louis Blues (2-2-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (3-2-0), 10 p.m. EST.

Evening Reading

-Good news out of Long Island: New York Islanders owner Charles Wang spoke out today about last night's Long Island Press article about the Lighthouse Project being abandoned: "There's no truth to the story. It's bogus. There are no plans to abandon the project." [Newsday]

-The Glen Anderson V.I.P. Hall of Fame package auction ends tonight. Bidding is currently over $4,000 with proceeds benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation. [Classic Auctions]

-Jonathan Toews(notes) and Patrick Sharp(notes): Team Canada worthy? [Paint it Blackhawks]

-Funny stuff. San Jose tough guy Jody Shelley's(notes) first blog entry details his attempts to find a babysitting within the Sharks locker room. [SJS]

-Ross the Boss on the Coyotes off-season isn't affecting their play thanks to the hiring of Dave Tippett. [Y! Sports]

-The medals for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver were unveiled today. They're quite, uh, interesting. [LA Times]

Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: From yingleberry, who noticed Dany Heatley's(notes) outrageously sized visor:

"i didnt realize the visors could be that big, high sticks should never again be called against heatley..."

Bold Prediction: The good times will continue in Phoenix as the Coyotes will win their first home game tonight against St. Louis.