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: Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings, 10 30 p.m. EST. Once again, life without Teemu. Ducks Blog points out that Anaheim went 8-6-3 in the 17 games Selanne missed from Dec. 3 to Jan. 9, but their power play went into the toilet without their sniper, who's out again thanks to a broken jaw. They're looking for their sixth win in a row. The Kings may attempt to counter the Ryan Getzlaf(notes) line with "Zeus, Fro and Brownie," which only sounds like a sassy 1970s cartoon produced by Bill Cosby. Watch The Game Live Via Hockey Night on Y!
Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. EST. The front end of a home-and-home Battle of Florida series. Says Florida Coach Pete DeBoer: "We have to learn how to win games." Well, yeah.
Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. EST. There's still this measurable disbelief that the Red Wings aren't actually in trouble and will make the playoffs, but we suppose a 6-0 loss to the New York Islanders will have that effect on a team. The bottom line is that the Wings are going to keep incrementally getting back pieces to the puzzle from injury, like Jonathan Ericsson(notes) tonight against the Hurricanes and, eventually, Niklas Kronwall(notes), too. They hang tight now and start rolling in March. They'll be fine. Watch The Game Live Via Hockey Night on Y!
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.
• From the NHL: "On behalf of its member clubs, the National Hockey League today donated $100,000 to UNICEF in support of that organization's efforts to help the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti." To make a donation or to obtain further information on the relief effort, access http://www.unicef.org
• Brian Burke claims that Ron Wilson's coaching job with the Toronto Maple Leafs is "as safe as the gold in the treasury at Fort Knox." Oddjob then walked into the news conference and decapitated a statue of Darryl Sittler with his hat, while Shirley Bassey sang a torch song ... [CP]
• Vancouver Canucks Alain Vigneault said he spoke with Colin Campbell and cleared up the notion that he ordered Darcy Hordichuk(notes) to fight Derek Boogaard(notes) in last night's game against the Wild, which Boogaard alleges Hordichuk told him before the fight. Wow, another big misunderstanding. Lots of ill communication going on in the NHL these days. [Vancouver Sun]
• The Dallas Stars make an interesting move for tonight's game, sending Mike Modano(notes) to the fourth line and moving Jamie Benn(notes) to center the second line. In the sense that "Jamie Benn is 20 and has never played center at any level in his life." So, Marc Crawford then ... [Dallas Stars Blog]
• Thanks to Crash The Crease for having us opine in their first annual Internet Hockey Summit. [CTC]
• Finally, Steve Kouleas of The Score gives us a hockey vernacular lesson:
Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: Puck Buddy Jeff tells a tale of fanaticism in the St. Louis Blues robot comments:
"I once dressed up as Fredbird (the St. Louis Cardinals mascot) in an attempt to win a free pair of tix and free train transportation to see a baseball game in Chicago (St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs). I wore a St. Louis Cardinals t-shirt, red shorts, yellow rubber chicken feet, dyed my legs and arms and face and neck yellow with food coloring, used hair gel to give myself a pointy head just like a cardinal bird, sprayed red dye in my hair, and put on a beak made out of yellow construction paper.
"This was a radio station promo where they picked the chose 5 people from the crowd to go on the trip. I thought I was a lock to win. But instead of picking me, they picked several women with big knockers. Doh!"
Well, it sounds like they had better costumes.
Bold Prediction: Phoenix scores three goals and beats Jersey.