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: "Head Coach Bob Hartley of the Calgary Flames instructs his players during a stoppage in play."
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...
1) Will stripping relax the Lightning? Tampa has dropped five in a row, and they're in danger of missing the playoffs if they don't turn it around. In an effort to loosen the players up, they participated in a strip shootout at their most recent practice. Will getting naked relax the group? It always works for me.
2) Bruins looking to finish on top. Hot. That describes both the bold sentence preceding this one and the Bruins themselves, who have won six in a row. A seventh would not only be their longest winning streak in two years, it would leave them atop the East at the end of the day.
3) Carolina goes for two. It's a great more often associated with the other Carolina team, the Panthers, but the Hurricanes are looking to convert versus Buffalo. They haven't won consecutive games since January, and with their playoff hopes flickering, building on their recent victory over the Rangers is paramount.
4) Rangers also hoping to draw motivation from Carolina. Alain Vigneault isn't happy that his club lost to the Hurricanes and he's expecting them to play better versus Minnesota. "I don't want to give credit to Carolina because they played a good game, but we (gave) away two points because we didn't work."
5) Kings after ninth in a row. LA has won eight straight! That's pretty impressive, especially when you consider that they led up to this run by losing 9 of 10. Hockey is weird.
Bold prediction: The Lightning win, and strip shootouts catch on around the NHL.