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: Boston Bruins Dougie Hamilton celebrates Halloween with Brendan (L) and Juan at Boston Children's Hospital on October 28, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Preview: Dallas Stars at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. ET
Preview: Washington Capitals at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m. ET
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...
1. Lindy Returns. While the Thomas Vanek trade obviously dominated headlines, this is Lindy Ruff's first game back in Buffalo as head coach of the Dallas Stars. "It's tough to see where the team is at in the standings, but I watch how these players play and how some of the young players play and I think there's a lot of promise there. I know that it is really tough, but I understand where they're at," said Ruff.
2. The Rangers Finally Are Home. For the first time this season, the Rangers will play a home game, having hit the road during MSG's renovation. Said Henrik Lundqvist, the team's starter tonight: “I think everyone is excited to play in front of our own fans and build some momentum. It’s still the Garden, it still feels like home. It looks great, it’s a great feeling. Start playing well right away and get some confidence. The last couple of days it’s been going in the right direction, that’s all you can ask for.”
3. Towels Gone Wild. The Wild are handing out towels to their fans for what should feel like a playoff game against the Blackhawks tonight. Said Mike Yeo, via Russo: "It’s pretty cool walking out to the rink. It looks neat. It looks almost like the playoff building, so it’s going to be good excitement in the building here tonight."
4. Neuvy Gets Nod. Michal Neuvirth gets the start for the Capitals in Vancouver, after Braden Holtby was pulled in a loss to Calgary.
5. Clifford Fined. Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford has been fined $2,756.41, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for kneeing Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in NHL Game No. 170 in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was last seen frantically searching the couches in the players' room for a quarter, dime, nickel and penny.
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Bold Prediction: Matt Moulson scores a power-play goal in his debut, but Lindy Ruff's team skates away with a win.