Back by popular demand, 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.
• He may look callow and boyish in this photo, but Cam Atkinson has proven himself in Columbus. The diminutive forward has re-signed for two years at $2.3 million. [ Blue Jackets ]
Preview : New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET
The Islanders are in and the Sabres are not, but there's still plenty to play for. Ryan Miller will be starting his 500th game for the Sabres, and possibly his last. As for the Islanders, a win sees them leapfrog up to 6th place for the time being. A loss and they're be flying to Pittsburgh for Round 1.
Preview: Edmonton Oilers at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. ET
The Wild can still move all the way up to sixth place in the Western Conference, but first they just need to clinch. A win versus the Oilers will do that for them, and they couldn't have picked a better time to face Edmonton: the Oilers have dropped 3 straight, 9 of their last 10, and 29 of their last 46.
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