October 24, 2009
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: New Jersey Devils (5-3-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (9-1-0), 7:30 p.m EST. A night after a come-from-behind victory over the Florida Panthers, Sidney Crosby(notes) and the Penguins will look to win their eighth straight game and be the first NHL team to 10 wins. Standing in their way are the Devils who are currently 4-0 on the road this season and Martin Brodeur(notes) is one shutout away from tying Terry Sawchuk for the all-time lead. Watch the game online via Y! Sports.
Preview: Los Angeles Kings (6-4-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (6-2-0), 9 p.m. EST. Fresh off an overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings, the Coyotes will attempt to win their fifth in a row over a Kings team looking to avenge an early season loss at the hands of the desert dogs.
Preview: Edmonton Oilers (6-2-1) at Calgary Flames (6-2-1), 10 p.m. EST. Losing twice in a week to open the season thanks to a Nikolai Khabibulin blunder and a last second tying goal is something Edmonton would like to forget as they enter this season's third edition of the "Battle of Alberta". One advantage the Flames have going into tonight's game is that the Edmonton locker room has been ravaged by the annual flu bug.
-Versus president Jamie Davis was on NHL Live yesterday discussing his channel's on-going dispute with Direct TV: "We have an offer to them on the table which is for not one extra penny than what they were paying before, and we're not asking for any extra money or extra distribution. We just wanted to continue on a status-quo deal with no strings attached and they have rejected that." [NHL.com]
-Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau on Alex Ovechkin(notes) being fined for slew-footing Atlanta's Rich Peverley(notes): "It's a dangerous play, so I'm glad the league is looking at looking at those things. But I don't think whatever Alex does there is ever with the thought of injury. I don't think anything he does is malicious." [Fanhouse]
-The Los Angeles Kings have a lot to be excited about in terms of their up and coming youth. [Battle of Cali]
-Brian Burke doing what he does best: talking and talking. [Globe & Mail]
-Hockey Canada announced that the Canadian Junior team will wear these green jersey's as a salute to Saskatchewan during this year's World Junior Championships. [Hockey Canada]
-Fifteen early season surprises. [The Hockey News]
Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: Heightening the discussion about the way NHL hands out punishment is commenter Chris L.:
"Tuomo Ruutu is not a dirty player at all. 300+ games and this is the first time he has been suspended. 3 games is fine when compared to other suspensions in the league, but I do think the league needs to establish more strict standards when it comes to boarding and slews. OV definitely should have been suspended for his slew though. Slew footing is pretty much always a sign of intent to injure. There is no debate about whether a player was trying to hold up like with boarding."