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Puck Previews: Vigneault wants clutch goals; Flyers lose Emery

Sean Leahy
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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: Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m. EST. Looking for their sixth straight home win, the Senators return to ScotiaBank Place after a five-game road trip that saw them take just three out of a possible 10 points. Jaroslav Halak(notes) will be in goal for Montreal while Brian Elliott(notes) gets his ninth straight start for Ottawa.

Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. EST. Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault on his team's lack of clutch goals: “It’s great when you can make a 5-2 game 6-2. It’s a lot easier behind the bench. But at the end of the day, most of the games are real tight and they’re hard fought. We need to get back on the track of getting into those games and winning those games. The Canucks lead the league in 'those goals [that] really don’t mean a lot.'"

Check out previews and updated scores for all of today's games on the Y! Sports NHL scores and scheds page.

Evening Reading

-If you haven't started working on your "Winter Classic Parade Float" Photoshop, then what are you waiting for?

-Puck Daddy reader Patrick rightly quoted "Space Balls" when discussing the happenings around Philadelphia. The Flyers announced today that they've placed goaltender Ray Emery(notes) on injured reserve. He'll need surgery to repair a torn muscle in his lower abdominal wall and is expected to miss six weeks. [CSN Philly]

-Exploring the talented enigma that is Nikolai Zherdev(notes). [The Hockey Writers]

-In a minor deal this afternoon, St. Louis dealt Brendan Bell(notes) and Thomas Kana to Columbus for Pascal Pelletier(notes). [Blues]

-From last night: Edmonton's Robert Nilsson(notes) avoids a check from Florida's Bryan Allen(notes) who nailed Gregory Campbell(notes):

Ken Campbell is currently writing 1000 words on why Allen should be suspended for reckless use of his body.

Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: Dynamo38 sees a connection between Seinfeld and the Blues fan who dressed up as Darth Maul in the headlines:

"All I can hear when I look at that pic is David Putty. 'Gotta support the team...' Brilliant."

Bold Prediction: Ottawa beats Montreal in a shootout with Alex Kovalev(notes) scoring the winner.

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