November 18, 2011
Back by popular demand, 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.
WINNERS: Congrats to Mike Mireau, whose "Star Wars" inspired efforts won first place in our "For The Love Of Nuge" poetry contest; runners-up were Nicole Werner, Katy Webb, Chris Edmondstone and Shane Kroeker. Mike gets himself an autographed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins(notes) rookie card courtesy of Panini. The others get other prizes from Panini. Thanks to all who entered!
Preview: Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m. ET. The Board of Governors approved Tom Gagliardi as the new owner of the Dallas Stars. Spending spree time? "It's more environment and comfort in the short-term," said Joe Nieuwendyk. Meanwhile, Jean-Sebastien Giguere(notes), for whom the Avalanche didn't trade a No. 1 pick, gets a second straight start over Semyon Varlamov(notes). Colorado has just two wins in its last 11 games (2-8-1) and is 2-6-0 at home, where it plays its next eight contests.
Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET. Is this the end of the Hurricanes as we know them? Losers of six of seven, the Canes are entering must-win territory or else it could start costing jobs. So it's a bit of a surprise that Brian Boucher, not Cam Ward(notes), gets the nod in goal. More form Paula Thompson of YCN.
Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m. ET. Ben Smith(notes) is in the lineup for the Blackhawks. The Flames are clicking at around 5-percent on the power play at home, so that's something they're working on.