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: Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. The Sens have lost four in a row, and will face their former netminder Ben Bishop in Tampa. Craig Anderson gets the call for Ottawa.
Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. Jussi Jokinen makes his return to Raleigh, and finds a team that could lose its 13th game out of 14 if the Penguins are victorious. Ouch.
Preview: San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. Back-to-back losses have slowed the Jackets’ momentum to the playoffs, and they face a Sharks team that’s 8-1-1 and figuring it out. Said Coach Todd McLellan: ''Right now we're playing the type of hockey that allows us to win consistently. At the beginning of the year, scoring five or six goals a night, we looked like the Globetrotters there for a while ... when everything was going our way.”
Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Winnipeg Jets, 8 p.m. The Sabres look for their fourth straight win, while the Jets look to build off a win against the Flyers. Blake Wheeler has gone 10 games without a goal. That’s not good.
Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. The Kings are 11-1-2 in their last 14 visits to Dallas. If they beat the Stars, they actually hand a playoff spot to the Anaheim Ducks. Dustin Penner, on that very fact: “Bittersweet.”
Preview: Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. No Joel Ward or Martin Erat for the Caps, as Michal Neuvirth gets the start. The Habs took the first meeting between the two.
John Buccigross and Hart Trophy talk on today’s podcast. [Marek Vs. Wyshynski]