Puck Previews: Biron faces Philly; Preds need new arena name

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.

Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders, 7 p.m. EST. Islanders goaltender Martin Biron(notes) will face his former team for the first time. In other goaltending news out of Long Island, Rick DiPietro(notes) participated in his first full practice after playing in just five games all of last season. The Flyer have won the last ten meetings between the two Atlantic Division teams and would like to continue the streak and end their current three-game slide. Danny Briere(notes) is currently serving a two-game suspension and will sit out tonight.

Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m. EST. Montreal has seven points in their last four games, but their injury list has grown with the losses of Scott Gomez(notes) and Jaroslav Spacek(notes). Andrei Kostitsyn(notes) now joins the list as he's currently doubtful for tonight after blocking a shot last night against Columbus. Carey Price(notes) will make his seventh straight start for the Canadiens. Pittsburgh has won four of their last five and are currently tied with the Washington Capitals for tops in the Eastern Conference.

Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. EST. The two best teams in the Western Conference meet as Marian Hossa(notes) makes his triumphant debut for the Blackhawks. Chicago has won their last seven games including the first three of their six-game west coast road trip. Dan Boyle(notes) will be back for the Sharks after taking a shot to the skate over the weekend.

Check out previews and updated scores for all of today's games on the Y! Sports NHL scores and scheds page.

Evening Reading

-It's time to play "Name that NHL arena" with the Nashville Predators will no longer call their home "Sommet Center". [On the Forecheck]

-James Murphy reports that Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas(notes) may be suffering from a broken hand. [NESN]

-The NHL's third star of the week, Mike Fisher(notes), will miss Ottawa's game tonight against New Jersey with an "upper-body injury". [Ottawa Citizen]

-Eric Staal(notes) is expected back for the Hurricanes tonight. [Canes Now]

-Not hockey related: A judge in Nova Scotia has ruled that the "Happy Gilmore" golf swing is illegal. Shooter McGavin's around the world applaud this decision. [CSM via Hockey Head]

-Joe Pelletier delves into the dark, sordid world of Wayne Gretzky endorsements. Pro Stars cereal > Cheerios. Everytime. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

-Edmonton's Patrick O'Sullivan(notes) on being criticized by Mike Milbury on Hockey Night in Canada: "I couldn't care less what Mike Milbury has to say. That's why he's on TV, right?" [Edmonton Journal]

Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: A suffering Kings fan, Nathan m. chimes in on our Jersey Fouls post this morning:

"Why wear the pretend devils win hat when they actually have won cups? As a kings fan, we need to pretend, but most of you have no excuse."

Bold Prediction: Hossa grabs two assists in his debut, but San Jose wins in the shootout.

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