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  • Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Canucks fight for playoff lives; Ducks seek vengeance

    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.

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    Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild, 7:30 p.m. EST

    Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers, 8 p.m. EST

    Preview: Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames, 10 p.m. EST

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    Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...

    1) Wild look for sweep versus Canucks. In the history of the Northwest Division, the Minnesota Wild have never pulled off a season series sweep versus Vancouver. But a win Wednesday night will accomplish just that. And if that's not motivation enough for the Canucks, consider: if they lose any games at all for the rest of the season, they probably won't make the playoffs.

    2) Burrows returns. Vancouver will get

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  • Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

    • Boston's 7th annual Cuts for a Cause goes Wednesday, and it's already a great success, because it yielded this awesome poster by Chris DeRoy. [Toucher & Rich]

    • Joffrey Lupul after the Leafs' loss to the Blues: “Certainly we’re afraid of letting it slip away. The whole year, we thought we were a playoff team, and we still believe that now. So it’s a matter of just going out there and doing it. Today we came out tentative.” [Yahoo]

    • Mirtle on the systemic issues behind the Leafs' late-season collapse. [The Globe and Mail]

    • Can the reeling Toronto Maple Leafs stop the bleeding? [Last Word on Sports]

    • Still not sold on Corsi? Here's a thing on Corsi. [MC79 Hockey]

    • Former referee Kerry Fraser talks about Columbus's game-winning goal over Detroit, scored with the net clearly off its moorings, and why it was the right call to count it. [TSN]

    • The Chicago Blackhawks pay tribute to late reporter Tim Sassone, who died yesterday. [Daily Herald]

    • Here's Flyers goalie prospect Anthony Stolarz slashing an opponent in the head with his paddle. He'll fit in well in Philadelphia. [Buzzing the Net]

    • The Vancouver Canucks' season has been mired in unpredictable, unexplainable nonsense. So of course they're going to make the playoffs despite having basically no chance to do so. [PITB]

    • John Davidson has been appointed as the new Chairman of the HHOF Selection Committee. [HHOF]

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  • NHL Three Stars: Hat tricks for Backes, Pavelski; Price blanks Sabres

    Jeff Carter rides an invisible skeleton sled.

    No. 1 Star: David Backes, St. Louis Blues

    The Toronto Maple Leafs needed a win in the worst way, and Backes ensured that they did not get it, scoring thrice in a 5-3 win -- once in each period. His final goal was the empty-netter that sealed the deal, and I theorize that the Blues only let Toronto back in a game that was never close so Backes could get it. It's a plausible theory.

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    No. 2 Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

    Speaking of hat tricks, Pavelski registered his third of the season in a 5-2 rout of the Edmonton Oilers. His third of the night was his 36th of the year. He also added an assist, but he doesn't get first star because he did it against the Oilers.

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  • CHL player gets match penalty for biting opponent’s forearm (Video)

    It's been awhile since we've had a good biting controversy in the NHL. The last one, as I recall, was Mikhail Grabovski's "alleged" bite of Max Pacioretty last spring.

    We say "alleged" because the NHL was unable to produce incontrovertible visual evidence that Grabovski did the thing that everybody knows he did. Without proper footage of the crime, all we had was Pacioretty's super-bit hand, and that wasn't enough. It was much the same way that Alex Burrows got away with biting Patrice Bergeron back in 2011.

    We'll just go ahead and assume that learning to conceal your bite from the cameras is something that players are taught when they arrival at the NHL level. Meanwhile, in the minor pro Central Hockey League, John Snowden of the St. Charles Chill bit Matt Stephenson of the Missouri Mavericks, and we have the hard evidence right here:

    You'd think a Snowden would be a little more aware that he was being watched.

    Snowden and Stephenson both received five minutes for fighting, and

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  • Alex Ovechkin collides with Capitals teammate Jack Hillen in scary scene (Video)

    Alex Ovechkin is mostly man, but he's also partly truck. At 6'3", 230 lbs., any collision with him, whether he initiates it or the other guy does, is going to hurt. Badly.

    This is a lesson that teammate Jack Hillen learned the hard way Tuesday night in the Washington Capitals all-important game versus the Los Angeles Kings. In overtime, with Hillen carrying the puck through the middle of the ice and gaining speed, Ovechkin turned back, so as to join the rush.

    But Ovechkin misjudged where he was, badly, and the defender collided with the Capitals' captain in a scary scene at the Verizon Center:

    Hillen was out for what seemed like an eternity before, fortunately, leaving for the room of his own accord. That's a good sign.

    He (and the rest of the Washington faithful) will probably be encouraged to know Ovechkin appeared to be okay as well. There are lots of guys that would like to take Ovechkin out of the game with a big, clean open-ice check. But not when he's your own captain.

    More

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  • 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.

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    Preview: New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. EST

    Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. EST

    Preview: St. Louis Blues at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. EST

    Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. EST

    Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. EST

    Preview: Ottawa Senators at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. EST

    Preview: Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:30 p.m. EST

    Preview: Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m. EST

    Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. EST

    Preview: San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 p.m. EST

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    Five things to know about

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  • Evgeni Malkin out 2-3 weeks with foot injury; could the timing be any worse?

    The Pittsburgh Penguins' incredible injury woes continue, as coach Dan Bylsma announced Tuesday that Evgeni Malkin would miss the next 2-3 weeks with a foot injury.

    The superstar center, who is seventh in the NHL in points despite having missed 11 games, suffered the injury in the first period of Pittsburgh's 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

    “He got hurt on a play toward the net,” Bylsma said, being super descriptive. Perhaps too descriptive. Cool it, George R.R. Martin.

    From the Penguins' release:

    The timing couldn’t have been worse for Malkin, who was starting to play at an extremely high level. In a two-game span against Detroit and Tampa Bay he posted four goals and six points before Sunday’s game against the Blues.

    “It was a strong couple of games and to get that news it is disappointing,” Bylsma said. “We’d like him to remember and watch the last couple of games in terms of how he was playing for 2-3 weeks from now.”

    Yes, 2-3 weeks from now. As in, when the playoffs

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  • Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media

    • The delightfully weird David Booth celebrates a rare goal by rocking a TMNT headband after Sunday's Canucks game.

    • Jeff Carter expects boos in his return to Philadelphia. He'll be fuelled by the boos. He plans to drink the boos. He misheard the question. [Philly]

    • B storyline in LA vs. Philly: Darryl Sutter faces his former player in Craig Berube. [LA Times]

    • What's the difference between the Edmonton Oilers and the Colorado Avalanche, besides all those wins? Consistency. [The Globe & Mail]

    • Speaking of consistency, the Blue Jackets will have to show more of it if they want to win a Wild Card spot. Todd Richards on his team's weak performance versus the Islanders. “This clearly isn’t good enough. We got the result that we deserved because we weren’t a good team today.” [Blue Jackets Xtra]

    • The Maple Leafs are veering towards their annual collapse. [Sportsnet]

    • George Malik on the Red Wings' attempt to keep their playoff streak alive. [Kukla's Korner]

    • Ryan Callahan's transition to Tampa Bay is going quite smoothly. [Tampa Bay Tribune]

    • Meanwhile, in New York, Marty St. Louis has the flu. Derek Stepan too, as JT Miller has been called up on an emergency basis. [Blueshirts Blog]

    • Justin Faulk gets a six-year, $29 million extension. [Canes Country]

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  • Leafs fans hurl online abuse at James Reimer’s wife

    The Toronto Maple Leafs lost their fifth straight game on Sunday, continuing to stall at 80 points on the year while the rest of the Eastern Conference's playoff hopefuls gain ground. With the loss, the Leafs surrendered the first Wild Card spot to the Detroit Red Wings, and they now sit just one and two points ahead of Washingon and Columbus, respectively, and the two trailing clubs each have games in hand.

    The Leafs are now in serious danger of missing the postseason, and panicky fans are looking for someone to blame.

    They appear to have settled on James Reimer, which makes some sense, since the goalie is always an easy target in Toronto (especially with the way the Leafs defend), and the Leafs' losing streak coincides perfectly with Jonathan Bernier's groin injury and Reimer's subsequent run of starts. In his last five outings, he's surrendered 18 goals.

    Fans have taken to Twitter to express their disgust with Reimer's play. Unfortunately for them, Reimer doesn't have Twitter. (If

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  • Has this been the worst year ever for Canada’s NHL teams?

    If the Edmonton Oilers could do to their opponents what they've done to their fans this season, they might still be in the playoff hunt.

    The club dropped an 8-1 decision Saturday night to the Calgary Flames, delivering yet another gut punch to a fanbase that's been doubled over for months.

    In what's becoming a running theme this season, one fan was disgusted enough to toss his blue and orange jersey onto the ice. But what made this incident a little more notable was that at least one Oiler was disgusted enough by the gesture to throw it right the hell back.

    Watch Ben Scrivens return the favour here:

    This is Edmonton right now. Incredible.

    That said, it's tough for just about anyone else in Canada to revel in the pain of the Oiler fan. As much of a tire fire as Edmonton is, one can't help but notice that most of the rest of the country is just as stunned by the poor quality of their hockey team.

    It's really only fitting that the anthem up here is Oh, Canada. The nation's pro clubs have been uniformly sigh-inducing in 2013-14, a historically bad season for Canadian hockey.

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