Puck Previews: Pronger, Flyers welcome Crosby; Chelios returns

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: Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (3-0-0), 7 p.m. EST. This game is one of the reasons the Flyers went out and got Chris Pronger(notes). The past two playoffs, the Penguins haven't been intimidated by Philly's toughness -- something not lost on the Flyers heading into tonight's game. Can the addition of Pronger give those flying Penguins forwards a worry when heading into the corner?

Preview: New York Rangers (2-1-0) at Washington Capitals (2-0-1), 7 p.m. EST. No Sean Avery(notes) this time around and Donald Brashear(notes) is wearing a Rangers jersey. There won't be any love lost between these two teams and hopefully John Tortorella can keep his water bottle to himself this time around. It also looks as if Rangers rookie Evgeny Grachev(notes) will make his debut tonight.

Preview: Chicago Blackhawks (1-0-1) at Detroit Red Wings (0-2-0), 7:30 p.m. EST. Both teams return to North America after weekend getaways in Helsinki and Stockholm in what could be dubbed as an early "statement" game for the Blackhawks.

Preview: Calgary Flames (3-0-0) at Edmonton Oilers (1-1-0), 9:30 p.m. EST. Off to their best start in 15 years (even with Robyn Regehr(notes) off to a bad start), the Flames won the first Battle of Alberta on Saturday night which ended embarrassingly for Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin(notes).

Preview: New York Islanders (0-0-1) at Ottawa Senators (1-1-0)
Preview: Anaheim Ducks (0-1-1) at Boston Bruins (1-1-0)
Preview: Phoenix Coyotes (2-0-0) at Buffalo Sabres (0-0-1)
Preview: New Jersey Devils (0-2-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (0-1-1)
Preview: Atlanta Thrashers (1-0-0) at St. Louis Blues (2-0-0)
Preview: Colorado Avalanche (2-0-0) at Nashville Predators (1-0-0)
Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets (2-0-0) at San Jose Sharks (1-2-0)
: Minnesota Wild (1-1-0) at Los Angeles Kings (1-1-0)

Evening Reading

-Slow selling tickets to the 2010 Frozen Four at Ford Field in Detroit has forced the NCAA and tournament organizers to scale back the capacity 24,000 seats to 36,000. [College Hockey News]

-Alexei Semenov(notes) signs a one-year contract with Dynamo Moscow of the KHL. First time a hockey wife has turned down New York for Moscow, right? [Cult of Hockey]

-A rough opening week sees Vancouver Canucks rookie Sergei Shirokov(notes) sent to Manitoba to the AHL. [Vancouver Province]

-Chris Chelios(notes) will skate with the AHL's Chicago Wolves next Monday. "I just can't quit you...hockey." [MLive]

-Mirtle looks at some players who are earning extra minutes a week into the season. [From the Rink]

Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: From "Duffman" (Oh yeah!) on Wysh's charity work with the Susan B. Komen Foundation this weekend --

"Thanks for donating your time to the Komen Foundation Wysh. As a purveyor of fine boobs, I appreciate anything being done to promote their continued existence."

Bold Prediction: Despite a groin issue earlier this week, Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson(notes) posts another shutout and Colorado beats Nashville to improve to 3-0-0.

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