Puck Previews: Sharks load up vs. Flyers; Sabres seek rebound

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: Philadelphia Flyers at San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m. EST. The big news here, according to the Sharks, is Coach Todd McLellan putting together the mega-line of Patrick Marleau(notes), Joe Thornton(notes) and Dany Heatley(notes). McLellan told Working The Corners: "Things may be going great for (the Thornton line), but if it's not going good for the other three lines, we can't leave them out in the dark and have a one line game." Aw, who cares about those other nine guys; play these dudes for 60.

Preview: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m. EST. No Marc Savard(notes) for the B's tonight, as it appears Monday against the St. Louis Blues is the target date for his return. The Sabres are coming off a humbling 6-2 loss to the Panthers that left them frustrated, although it produced Ryan Miller(notes) quote gold: "They just played boring until they got a lead and then they played more boring." There's a live blog of this on NESN, if that's what you're into. Watch The Game Via Hockey Night on Y!

Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m. EST. The Avs are ending a three-game road trip, the Canucks are starting a five-game homestand. Vancouver curb-stomped them the last time they played to the tune of 8-2. Watch The Game Live Via Hockey Night on Y!

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

Evening Reading

Sean Avery(notes) molds and shapes young minds. [Rangers]

Florida Panthers third-jersey cuteness via Litter Box Cats, and George Richards has an artists rendering of what we might expect from the new duds. You know, they're not bad, but we need to see the real McCoy. Not making the same mistake we did with those Thrashers thirds. [On Frozen Pond]

• The New Jersey Devils lose Dainius Zubrus(notes) for about a month with a leg injury. [In Lou We Trust]

• Uh, it doesn't sound like Derek Dorsett(notes) is willing to let bygones by bygones with James Neal(notes). [@aportzline]

• In case you haven't heard, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post has resigned ... from Twitter. [All Things Avs, and an interesting take from Hockey Wilderness]

Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: On our Harry Truman jersey story, we have a tie between ...

Fur: "I think that jersey is going to 'bomb.'"

... and ...

James S: "Totally Enola Gay!!"

Puck Daddy: Hockey blog and history blog! The more you know ...

Bold Prediction: St. Paul native Kyle Okposo(notes) scores for the Islanders at the Wild.

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