Puck Previews: Leafs invade D.C.; Olympic TV schedule

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: Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. EST. On the road, Toronto has lost eight of its last nine, but a night after an inspiring performance by Vesa Toskala(notes) as well as the fact that the Maple Leafs have won the last two meetings against Washington could give them hope tonight. The Capitals may not have a piece of their high-powered arsenal as sniper Alexander Semin(notes) may be scratched tonight while Maple Leafs rookie Carl Gunnarsson(notes) will be given the duty of shutting down Alex Ovechkin(notes). Watch The Game Live Via Hockey Night on Y!

Preview: Nashville Predators at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m. EST. Continuing their goalie rotation, Dan Ellis(notes) gets his turn in net for the Predators as they look to improve their road win streak to five games. Speaking of streaks, Calgary captain Jarome Iginla(notes) hasn't recorded a point in five games, something that hasn't happened since December of 2001. Watch The Game Live Via Hockey Night on Y!

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

Evening Reading

-Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) is day-to-day with a fractured finger. [Penguins]

-Here's your NBC Olympic hockey schedule including which networks will broadcast each game. [NBC Olympics]

-Great story by Dave Stubbs about the long roads faced by Glen Metropolit(notes) and Trevor Daley(notes) as they made their way to the NHL. [Montreal Gazette]

-Giving props to Todd McLellan for learning from past mistakes and managing injuries on the Sharks roster better this season. [Fear the Fin]

-Taking a look back at the gold medal winning goaltenders that represented Team USA in the Olympics. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

-Be careful what you Tweet about Don Cherry as it may cost you your job. [Globe & Mail]

-If the Pittsburgh Penguins want to continue to be one of the top teams in the NHL GM Ray Shero will need to figure out the best way to manage the large contracts on the roster. [Kuklas Korner]

-Allan Muir doesn't like Matt Bradley's(notes) action of defending Alex Ovechkin against Steve Downie(notes) as heroic. Instead, he wants the new Washington captain to fight his own battles. [SI]

Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: "LJ" gets his Professor Frink on while discussing the goal review process:

"I don't know why they don't just embed a little RFID chip inside the puck, then put receivers in each post and at the back of the net. From there you could triangulate the position of the puck over time and determine conclusively if it was ever inside the net. I'm sure there are other ways to do it and remove all this BS guesswork."

Bold Prediction: No consecutive shutouts for the Leafs tonight as it will be them with the goose egg on the scoreboard. Final score: 4-0 Caps with latest Puck Tracks participant Brooks Laich(notes) recording a multi-point night.

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