Battle of Pennsylvania; Halak returns for Blues (Puck Previews)

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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.

Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m. ET

It hasn't exactly been a banner road trip for the Flyers, but they put in a great effort in their last outing, beating the Islanders, 7-0. It will take a similar effort to hang with Pittsburgh, who have won 3 straight, and will take over top spot in the East with a win. The key, as usual, will be stopping Sidney Crosby, who has 17 points in February and it's the 20th.

Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames, 10 p.m. ET

The best you can say about the Flames right now is that they've been rebounding nicely from defeats. They've yet to go two games without a point all month! Joey MacDonald gets the start for the Flames. It sounds like Jonathan Bernier might get the chance to win his third straight start for the Kings. Could that start a goalie controversy a-brewing in Los Angeles?

Preview: St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche, 10:30 p.m. ET

The key for the Blues tonight will be stopping Matt Duchene, who's playing on such a higher level that he's actually managed to transcend the rules of hockey. Duchene had 8 points in his last four games and six in his last two. If the Blues give him space, which would normally be a laughable suggestion but they've been a bit porous this season, he could light them up. Jaroslav Halak returns to the net for St. Louis.

Evening Reading

• Tanner Glass says Daniel Briere, that lovable scamp, might be the league's dirtiest player. Enjoy the complete lack of bias in this short piece. [Courier Post]

• Jimmy Howard has been cleared to return to game action. [Ansar Khan]

• Jeff Skinner has a concussion. [Canes Now]

And finally, enjoy this video on the Pennsylvania rivalry:

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Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: Beck, from this morning's Sabres post:

I'm starting to get worried that Lindy [Ruff] has found himself in a permanent position.

You did this, Beck.

Bold prediction: 3 points for Sidney Crosby, because that's what he's doing these days.

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