Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-caption: "Washington defenseman Karl Alzner gets the assist for right wing Alex Ovechkin's 2nd period goal as the Washington Captals host the San Jose Sharks at the Verizon Center"
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Preview: Detroit Red Wings at New York Rangers, 7:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Nashville Predators at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m. EST
Preview: New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. EST
Preview: San Jose Sharks at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. EST
Preview: Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues, 8:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Edmonton Oilers at Minnesota Wild, 8:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Boston Bruins at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. EST
Preview: Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames, 9:00 p.m. EST
Preview: New Jersey Devils at Colorado Avalanche, 9:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Phoenix Coyotes, 9:00 p.m. EST
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...
1) The Sens are who we thought they were (maybe). After a great run in the playoffs, many expected the Ottawa Senators to be just as good to open the season. It took a while but the Sens might actually have their skates under them now having gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.
2) Mr. Scrivens, I presume. A day after being traded from Los Angeles to Edmonton (talk about a culture/weather shock), goaltender Ben Scrivens will get his first start in net as an Oiler against the Wild. With LA, Scrivens played in 19 games where he went 7-5-4 with a .931 SV% and 1.97 GAA.
3) Paul Maurice goes for two (wins). Maurice is hoping his second game as the Jets head coach goes as well as the first; Winnipeg beat Phoenix 5-1. He'll have to continue to win without Evander Kane. Having missed the last two games, Kane was placed on IR retroactive to January 7th.
4) Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Rangers. Not sure who is making up the roster of Detroit's AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids because it seems most of their players are up with the big club. Detroit will once again be without several significant players: Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm, Stephen Weiss, Jonathan Ericsson, and Jonas Gustavsson.
5) There will be blood. The Vancouver Canucks are coming off of their worst defeat in 16 years. This team is pissed-off; they've taken a combined 142 total penalty minutes in the last two games. These ain't Alain Vignault's Canucks anymore.
Bold prediction: There will be five fights in the Canucks/Coyotes game. Paul Bissonette will be involved in two of them and score a goal that ends up being the game winner, 6-5 'Yotes.
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