Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Shorthanded Penguins vs. Leafs; Jack Johnson’s conference curve

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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.

Create-a-Caption: "TORONTO, ON- DECEMBER 14: Air Canada Centres employees picketed outside of the ACC prior to the Maple Leaf game on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The Teamster union members are on strike and demanding an increase in wages. (Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. ET

Preview: Winnipeg Jets at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET

Preview: St. Louis Blues at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m. ET

Preview: Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m. ET

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

1. Lil' Ulf Is In. Injuries to the Penguins defense means that Phillip Samuelsson makes his debut tonight, and his dad couldn't be happier.

2. Blues Big 2 Split? Ken Hitchcock split up top defensive pairing Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester against the Blue Jackets; will they have new dance partners this game as well?

3. You Don't Know Jack. Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson on realignment, with the Jets in town: “I don’t think it’s a blessing we’re in the East, other than travel, and to be honest that’s overrated. I think the Eastern Conference teams throw a completely different challenge at you than what we’re accustomed to. There is definitely a learning curve.”

4. Lehtonen The Way. Kari Lehtonen is expected to start for Dallas, and is 8-3-2 in his career against Colorado with a 2.52 GAA and .918 save percentage.

5. Leafs Are Healthy. Joffrey Lupul, on Toronto finally getting some healthy bodies together at the same time: “It should make us a little harder to defend. It should take the pressure off Phil (Kessel) and his line a little bit. And it gives us an opportunity, when we’re down in a game we feel like we can come back. We’ve had to battle through some injuries but that’s probably the strength of our team, when you look at our roster as a whole.”

Bold Prediction: Sidney Crosby will be on "24/7" next weekend. We know, BOLD!

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