Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight’s slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-Caption: Hockey fans cheer on after the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 29, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City.
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Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins, 7:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m. EST
Preview: New Jersey Devils at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. EST
Preview: San Jose Sharks at Calgary Flames, 9:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche, 9:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Phoenix Coyotes, 9:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at Anaheim Ducks, 10:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m. EST
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Five things to know about tonight’s NHL games …
1) Budaj versus Boston. The Montreal Canadiens have started Carey Price in their last eight games; he’s getting tonight off. Backup Peter Budaj will be in net for the Habs first trip to Boston this season. Just a heads up Peter, the B’s are currently riding a four-game win-streak.
2) Columbus red hot to ice cold. The Blue Jackets had been on an eight-game win-streak until it was snapped by Buffalo this past Saturday. Since then, Columbus has lost three straight.
3) Is Steven Stamkos back yet? Nope. Stamkos said he wanted to get a game or two in before heading to Sochi. That window is closing quickly with only four games remaining after tonight’s against Ottawa.
4) Goals = good. It has now been two games since the San Jose Sharks last scored a goal. They sent 23 shots towards Jonathan Quick and he stopped them all. Then Ben Scrivens went all Julie ‘The Cat’ Gaffney and stopped each and every one of the Sharks 59 shots on goal. San Jose tries to hit the back of the net tonight against the Flames who are on a three-game win-streak.
5) Kings return to castle. The Kings ended their ‘Grammy Road Trip’ (eight games in 13 days) with a 3-0 loss to Phoenix. In their last 10, LA is 3-6-1 and a lot of the issues, ok, all of the issues, are chalked up to the lack of offensive production. Perhaps being back at Staples where they’re 16-7-3 will help them score against one of the highest goal-producing teams in the league.
Bold prediction: Sid gets a hat-trick when the Kings score an own goal and the Penguins win 3-0.
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