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: Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild, 7 p.m. EST. Referee accusations aside, Alex Burrows(notes) has been an offensive machine since calendars changed to "2010". In the five Canucks games since New Year's Day, Burrows has nine goals. The Wild are looking to conquer a Vancouver team that is 8-0-1 in their previous nine games against their fellow Northwest Division mates. With Burrows and the Sedins leading the charge for the Canucks, Minnesota seems to have found another go-to-guy on the offensive side in Guillaume Latendresse(notes). Since being dealt from the Montreal Canadiens, Latendresse has 10 goals and 15 points in 21 games for the Wild. While a member of the Canadiens, Latendresse recorded just three points in 23 games.
Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m. EST. So who do you think will have more eyes on them tonight, Sidney Crosby(notes) or Stephane Auger? That whole Auger issue was swept under the rug by the NHL today (cue Officer Barbrady's "Nothing to see here" line). Crosby returns to Western Canada tonight as the defending Stanley Cup champs open up a three-game left coast trip and find themselves in the middle of a skid that has seen them win twice in their last seven games. In a battle of impotent power plays, the Flames are 3-for-35 in their last 11 games with the extra skater, but unlike the Penguins, Calgary is 6-3-2 in that stretch. Miikka Kiprusoff(notes) has been stellar between the pipes keeping the Flames near the top of the Western Conference. The game will also feature struggling superstars, as Evgeni Malkin(notes) and Jarome Iginla(notes) look snap goalless streaks that have hit 11 and five games respectively.
Check out previews and updated scores for all of today's games on the Y! Sports NHL scores and scheds page. Washington-Florida and Boston-Anaheim are both available to be viewed online via Hockey Night on Y!
-Kukla emailed back-and-forth with TSN's Bob McKenzie and learned that Pittsburgh defenseman Sergei Gonchar(notes) will not be disciplined for this hit on Cal Clutterbuck(notes) from Monday night. [KK]
-Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) discusses his on-going contract situation with Atlanta: “Yes, I feel very confident. Like I said, I like everything that’s been done over time. It’s not an easy thing to sign a long-term deal, and if it has to take until the last second, that’s what it takes. You never know.” Thrashers Nation continues sweating. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
-Gretz says that the Thrashers should do whatever it takes to keep Kovalchuk. [Fanhouse]
-Changes that the NHL should implement during the next decade. [SB Nation]
Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: From the Puck Daddy email box comes fan mail from "April" regarding our Alex Burrows posts from earlier today:
"puck daddy? your name should be puckbaby idiot"
Oh Wysh, you just got served.