Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: No Phaneuf for Toronto, Wild try to break Ducks home win streak

Jen Neale
Puck Daddy

Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five thing to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop by here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finish.

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Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. ET

Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:00 p.m. ET

Preview: Minnesota Wild at Anaheim Ducks, 10:30 p.m. ET


Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...

1. Martin Jones screwed up the narrative. Tonight was supposed to be the 'clash of the  former backups traded in the off-season facing their former teams for the first time' battle but no, Darryl Sutter decided to go with the hot hand. Instead of starting former-Maple Leaf Ben Scrivens, the Kings will go with backup-to-the-backup Martin Jones. Jones is 3-0-0 in his first three NHL starts with a 0.65 GAA. At the other end of the ice is former-King Jonathan Bernier.

2. Lupul returns, Phaneuf sits. Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul is returning to the ice after missing seven games with a 'Grade 2' groin strain. Lupul and his Toronto teammates will be without the Dion Phaneuf on the blueline. Toronto's captain will be serving game one of his two-game suspension for his hit from behind on Boston's Kevin Millar Kevan Miller.

3. Antti Raanta still No. 1 for Chiicago Blaackhawks. Corey Crawford isn't coming back any time soon and neither is his backup Nikolai Khabibulin thus continuing the Raanta administration.

4. Dany Heatley plays on the fourth line for Minnesota. Dany Heatley. $7.5 million-dollar cap-hit. Fourth line.

5. Dustin Penner, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are the three best friends anyone could have. The reunited PPG line has produced 95 combined-points for the Ducks, second in the NHL to Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin with 112.

Bold Prediction: Chicago beats Philly thanks to goals from players with extra letters in their last names: Brandon Saad, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Kris Versteeg and Anttii Raanta (empty netter).

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