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: “Gnash, the mascot of the Nashville Predators stands on a ladder during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena.”
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Preview: San Jose Sharks at Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Colorado Avalanche, 9:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks, 10:00 p.m. EST
Preview: St. Louis Blues at Anaheim Ducks, 10:00 p.m. EST
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Five things to know about tonight’s NHL games …
1) Quack attack is back Jack. The Anaheim Ducks are the last team in the league to play their first post-Olympic break. To put it in perspective, after tonight’s game the Buffalo Sabres have played three games in four days since resuming the season on Tuesday.
2) Ryan Kesler is playing tonight…for the Canucks. He didn’t play in the Canucks first game back due to a hand injury sustained while in Sochi. Once Kesler’s name was floated in trade talks, the mainstream hockey media had a collective orgasm.
3) Shark attack. Last night San Jose put up seven goals on the Philadelphia Flyers. Three of those goals came from Joe Pavelski. The other four came from Logan Couture and Raffi Torres in their first game back after being out for months due to injury. Did I mention Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Brett Burns are on the team, too? Swimmers beware.
4) Varly’s post-Olympic debut. The last game Seymon Varlamov played in, he was yanked after giving up three goals on 15 shots against Team Finland. He’s putting all that behind him and seems to be in good spirits. After his first skate back with the Avs, he met with reporters and quipped, ”Sorry I didn’t bring my gold medal with me.” He’s making the start against the Coyotes.
5) Wild for Kuemper. Do you even know who Darcy Kuemper is? He’s the rookie goaltender for Minnesota who is on a three-game win streak and will be going for four tonight against Vancouver. At the other end of the ice is Eddie Lack for the Canucks.
Bold prediction: Ryan Kesler. Four-point night. Canucks lose 4-3 to the Wild.