Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Rick Nash returns for Rangers; Luongo vs. Thomas

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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.

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Preview: St. Louis Blues at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET

Preview: Ottawa Senators at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. ET

Preview: New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET

Preview: Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. ET

Preview: Minnesota Wild at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET

Preview: Boston Bruins at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m. ET

Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m. ET

Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 p.m. ET

Preview: Florida Panthers at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m. ET

Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m. ET

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

1. Rick Nash returns! The Rangers have been without Nash since the third game of the season, that embarrassing 9-2 shellacking at the hands of the San Jose Sharks. But now the winger is back from his concussion and ready to play. Alain Vigneault plans to use him as he normally would, but he'll be checking in with Nash throughout the game to make sure things are okay.

2. Roberto Luongo vs. Tim Thomas: the grudgening. The two goaltenders, who battled for seven games during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, go head-to-head for the first time since. This could be a serious goaltending duel, since both of these teams suck at scoring goals right now. Luongo is ready:

"Just at Canadian Tire picking up a few essentials for tomorrow's big tilt....... — Strombone (@strombone1)

3. Avalanche picked a bad time to play the Blackhawks. The Avalanche have lost three straight for the first time all season, and now they have to go up against the very formidable Chicago Blackhawks. That's a tough way to bump a slump.

4. Red-hot Scrivens goes for third straight shutout. The Scrivener, the man they call Bartleby, has been lights out since taking over for the injured Jonathan Quick. Two straight shutouts. Will he surrender a goal versus the Lightning, perhaps to Marty St. Louis, who's playing his 1000th NHL game? He would prefer not to.

5. Will the Red Wings' shootout skid continue? Detroit is in the middle of a weird losing streak. They've dropped six in a row, but they've collective points in five in a row despite that. Even stranger, they've lost three consecutive games in a shootout. That can't continue, can it?

Bold Prediction: I say it can. Red Wings lose in a shootout.

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