Puck Previews: Space Polar Bear sequel, Cormier suspended

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.

• At this point, there's no avoiding the Rampaging Space Polar Bear of the Alaska-Fairbanks hockey program's return to YouTube. His first appearance last year was an Internet sensation, with planets destroyed and Kenny Loggins music and general awesomeness. The clip above is the next edition of his adventures, beginning with a strong environmental message that sort of loses its way after he destroys the Earth. Sites like Deadspin and With Leather are marking out over it. Honestly, it's a little "Transformers 2" as far as Rampaging Space Polar Bear videos go -- the overkill smothers the charm. But we're snobs about this sort of thing.

Preview: Calgary Flames at San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m. EST. So according to the Sharks fans who commented on our NHL line nicknames blog, the Dany Heatley(notes)-Joe Thornton-Patrick Marleau(notes) is either the Burger Line (Jumbo Patty Heater!) or the HTMLine, which is actually quite clever. No matter the name, they'll likely contend with Dion Phaneuf and Robin Regehr this evening, while the Sharks seek some offensive contributions beyond the top line. Watch The Game Live Via Hockey Night on Y!

Preview: Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars, 8 p.m. EST. Your VS game of the night (sorry, DirecTV viewers). The Wild haven't won in Dallas since 2003. Seriously? Petr Sykora(notes) could be back in the lineup for the Wild. Minnesota fans are hoping for a dual-sport sweep of Dallas; meanwhile, Dallas fans are no doubt hoping the Stars run up the score over Minnesota if given the chance. Which in the NHL is, like a 4-1 win.

Check out previews and updated scores for all of today's games (like the ones in progress) on the Y! Sports NHL scores and scheds page.

Evening Reading

Patrice Cormier(notes) is suspended indefinitely for that elbow that sent Quebec Remparts defenseman Mikaël Tam into convulsions before going to the hospital. No timetable for a ruling yet. [Y! Sports]

• Now this is the sort of access we were hoping Rich Hammond would get with the Los Angeles Kings, as he gets to the bottom of their new Kevlar socks. [LA Kings Insider]

• Great stuff from Pierre LeBrun, talking with Bob Clarke, Eric Lindros(notes) and Keith Primeau about current Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards'(notes) feud with the media. [ESPN]

• We'll all forget these Jimmy Howard(notes) stories ever happened when Chris Osgood(notes) wins four games in the first round for the Detroit Red Wings. [SI]

Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Mike Yeo is expected back behind the bench Tuesday after missing time due to a "blood pressure problem." [Y! Sports]

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced Monday the club has named Tyler Love as the team's goaltending consultant. Love has trained goalie Chris Mason(notes) as well as Carey Price(notes) and Jason LaBarbera(notes). Hey, .333 gets you in the batting race, right? [Blues]

• Behind the numbers of Rick DiPietro's(notes) shutout of the Devils today. [Lighthouse Hockey]

• Yeah, forget the recession: The Colorado Avalanche are a struggling Southern market. OK then. [Copper & Blue]

Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: From Dino on the line name post -

Not sure how long it was around but didn't Atlanta have Little-White-Kovy on the same time and they called it Little White Russian? Thought that was pretty clever.

Damn right.

Bold Prediction: Leafs beat Predators in OT. Just because.

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