October 27, 2011
Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET. Apparently the Habs and B's are renewing some sort of rivalry tonight. Tonight is the first game for Max Pacioretty(notes) against the Bruins since the incident with Zdeno Chara(notes) last March. Montreal responded to the firing of assistant coach Perry Pearn with a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers last night and look to keep that going as the Original Six sides begin a home-and-home series.
Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Rangers, 7 p.m. ET. James Reimer(notes) will not be in goal for the Leafs and it's not due to a concussion, according to the team. He's day-to-day. Jonas Gustavsson(notes), who started the widespread concussion panic after this morning's skate, will take Reimer's place as the Rangers play their long-awaited home opener. Defenseman Michael Sauer is expected to return for New York.
Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. ET. Two of the NHL's hottest goalies faceoff as Jonathan Quick(notes) opposes Kari Lehtonen(notes). Quick will be looking for his fourth consecutive shutout, while Lehtonen attempts to open the season 8-0-0. In good new for the Kings, it sounds like Drew Doughty(notes) may return to the lineup on Saturday against Phoenix.
• Now that you've likely finished washing your eyes out with bleach after seeing Mike Modano's Halloween costume, here's David Rundblad(notes), Erik Karlsson(notes) and Mika Zibanejad(notes) of the Ottawa Senators dressed as the rock band KISS. [The 6th Sens]
• Hockey Canada has named former NHL coach and current TSN broadcaster as their head coach for Canada's Spengler Cup entry. [Hockey Canada]
• Good read on NHL referee Mike Hasenfratz who's working tonight's Tampa Bay-Nashville game and missed the last two seasons because of heart surgery. [Examiner]
• Bodog is getting in on the Vancouver goaltender drama with their own prop bets. [Bodog]
Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: "Solomon Grundy" on Mikael Renberg having to back out of the Winter Classic alumni game:
Bold prediction: Jonathan Quick's shutout streak comes to an end and Kari Lehtonen improves to 8-0-0 with a shutout of his own.