Puck Previews: Habs try to rebound; history of NHL video games

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: Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. EST. After dropping a heartbreaker in Buffalo last night, the Canadiens look to rebound and snap a three-game losing streak. Jaroslav Halak(notes) will be in goal for Montreal and Tomas Vokoun(notes) will be back between he pipes for Florida. Travis Moen(notes), who missed last night's game after taking a Matt Cullen(notes) skate blade to the face, will be back in the lineup for the Canadiens. (Be sure to check out Moen's face in that link. Zombified!)

Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. EST. The NHL's first star of the week, Pekka Rinne(notes), will be in goal for his eighth straight start trying to keep the Predators' playoff hopes alive. Nashville sits seventh in the Western Conference, two points ahead of the red-hot Detroit Red Wings. Phoenix looks to begin another winning streak after winning nine in a row before Chicago ended things on Tuesday night.

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

Evening Reading

• CBC's website has a great archived radio interview featuring Wayne Gretzky as a 13-year old prodigy. [CBC] Thanks to Ben Wright of the Thrashers for the find

• The complete history of NHL video games. Epic. [Gunaxin Sports]

Jeff Carter(notes) is set to have surgery tomorrow and will have a screw inserted into his broken foot to help the healing process. He'll be out of the lineup for 3-4 weeks. [Frequent Flyers]

• More injury news as Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu(notes) underwent shoulder surgery and will undergo 4-5 months of rehab. [Canes Now]

• Two new NHL/AHL affiliations made today. The Anaheim Ducks will begin using the Syracuse Crunch next year and the Columbus Blue Jackets have partnered with the Springfield Falcons.

• A mini-series about the life of Hockey Night in Canada and former NHL coach Don Cherry will premiere on CBC this weekend. You can be sure the wardrobe budget as astronomical. [Toronto Star]

Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: Andrew pointed out an interesting fact from the David Backes hit on Brian Rafalski last night:

"now backes is targeting americans? nobody is safe!"

It's obvious Backes has turned. Dustin Brown(notes) might want to keep his head on a swivel tonight.

Bold Prediction: Client Jaroslav Halak helps the Habs bounce back with a 4-0 shutout over Florida.

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