Back by popular demand, here are your Puck Previews: Spotlighting the key games in NHL action, news and views as well as general frivolity. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished
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Preview: Vancouver Canucks at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. In which the St. Louis Blues can tie the reigning Western Conference champions in points at the top of the conference with a victory. Roberto Luongo faces All-Star Brian Elliott. Lou in St. Loo: 5-7-0 with a 3.05 GAA lifetime. Meanwhile, Hitch is more than scratching the itch.
Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. The last time these teams met in Boston, Milan Lucic was serving a suspension. He's a little pumped: "We know they're a desperate hockey club right now. They're a team that plays well against us whether it's in Montreal or Boston so we're going to expect their best and we need to bring our best as well.''
Preview: San Jose Sharks at Winnipeg Jets, 8:30 p.m. Check out this awesome story from Illegal Curve about how Jets fans welcomed a pair of Sharks fans to their fair city — from airport pickup to accommodations.
Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. Another start for JS Giguere. The second of a mini-series between the two teams, as Nashville captured Round 1. "You go into kind of like a mini playoff series expecting to be a little physical off the bat," forward Jordin Tootoo said to the Tennessean. "I thought we managed the game pretty well and we played a great road game. We got off to a great start and got them on their heels right off the bat."
Preview: Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. While we didn't get the Dany Heatley in Ottawa fun for the All-Star Game, Marian Hossa is at least excited to return to his old stomping grounds as veteran star.
• The Michael Cammalleri story takes an interesting turn, as "losers" might have been a translation error and the player declined to say what he told his Montreal Canadiens teammates about the controversy. [Gazette]
• Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (knee) skated Thursday but is a "remote possibility" for Friday's game. [On Frozen Pond]
• Joffrey Lupul on Dion Phaneuf's "overrated" status: "If you watch the games, I mean, he's always mixing it up after the whistles and kind of irritating the opposition. So it's not really that surprising. I think when guys get asked that question, they're more so answering it on who they would least like to play against." [National Post]
• Mike Green goes on long-term injured reserve for the Capitals. [Capitals Insider]
• Claude Noel doesn't regret calling out Evander Kane because, after all, it's the media's fault "You guys are very good at provoking emotions, that's what you do," said Noel. "And when you get caught, you pay the price. It's something that I'll be ready for next time. I'll become a generic coach. I don't deal with dealing with players in the media, that's not my avenue for me. I would sooner deal with the players face-to-face." [QMI]
• Hobey Baker will be hitting the ground in Tampa this weekend. [Lightning]
Puck Daddy Reader Comment of the Day:
Haines3777 on Cammalleri:
"Cammalleri is the best Italo-Jewish hockey player in Canadian history. First off, don't blame for having a bit of a diva complex. It's a given for males with an Italian background. Secondly, he has been the best playoff performer in the NHL over the past two years. Name one player who is better? He is a well-liked and handsome guy who only wants Montreal to succeed. He is well-liked in the dressing room and respected in the league. Montreal would be crazy to give up on him now."
Bold Prediction: Patrick Kane celebrates his all-star berth by become Hat Trick Kane vs. the Wild.