Puck Previews: Flyers vs. Blue Jackets; Drew Doughty on IR

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.

Here's the podcast of today's Puck Daddy Radio program. The "Die Hard" references were off the charts.

Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET. In case you haven't heard, Rick Nash(notes) was fined $2,500 by the NHL for high-sticking Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano(notes) on Friday night. Meanwhile, it's a return back to Nationwide Arena for former Blue Jackets fan favorite Jody Shelley(notes) and professional enigma Nikolai Zherdev.

Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET. The Habs are 5-1-0 with one tie at home against the Coyotes since 1996, when Phoenix's leading scorer was Keith Tkachuk(notes) and Mike Gartner was still on the roster. It's a battle of the Pyatts tonight, as Tom and the Habs face Taylor and the ‘Yotes with family in the stands.

Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. ET. Drew Doughty(notes) was placed on IR retroactive to Oct. 21. From the LA Times: "Lombardi said Doughty had been skating for several days but experienced a setback Saturday with the return of post-concussion symptoms." Meanwhile, Kings Coach Terry Murray is worried about the Wild's power play, clicking at a 52.6 percent clip at home: "It's a shot mentality. They're going to try to get your disorganized, and looking for those kind of plays on a consistent basis. Obviously it's paying off for them. Fifty-three percent is incredible

Check out previews and updated scores for all of today's games on the Y! Sports NHL scores and scheds page. For tonight's starting goalies, check out Left Wing Lock.

Evening Reading

• The full Alex Ovechkin(notes) GQ article is up. [GQ]

• A new book claims: "Unless they are superstars, Quebec hockey players are less likely to be drafted, can expect shorter careers and les pay than other Canadians and are totally excluded from some NHL teams." 'Les pay' ... hehe. [Digital Journal]

• Said Chris Phillips(notes) on the Ottawa Senators' struggles: "It's not the confidence to wonder if we can ... because we have. It's about maintaining that, doing it for the full 60 minutes, shift by shift, and night in and night out." [Citizen]

• More Pundays with NHL.com. [The Royal Half]

• While we weren't aware this was up in the air, it's confirmed that women's hockey will be in the 2014 Sochi Games. [FanHouse]

• From Scott Burnside: "Interesting to note, however, that in spite of the complaint that teams somehow play for a shootout once a game gets to overtime, shootouts are way down this season and overtime goals way up." [ESPN]

Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: From Ben D. on Adam Burish's(notes) apology to Chris Pronger(notes):

I'm REALLY disappointed in Burish for taking it all back. Huge Burish fan, even larger Pronger hater here...

Burish apologizing was a stand-up thing to do, and when it comes to sportsmanship, it was the absolute right thing to do. It probably won't prevent Pronger from giving him a cheap shot, though. My biggest problem is that Burish was correct! Ask yourself, was one thing Burish said at the Cup Final wrong? NOPE. Pronger IS an idiot!

Bold Prediction: The Wild beat the Kings on home ice.

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