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: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET (Bruins lead 2-1) The Maple Leafs have been carried in this series by the scoring exploits of their top dogs. James Van Riemsdyk, Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul have contributed six of their seven goals through three games. As James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail writes , the secondary scoring has to arrive if they're to get past the Bruins: "Kessel’s rise there has as much to do with a lot of the Leafs depth going silent as his strong play, with van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul the only other forwards managing more than five points in Toronto’s final 12 regular-season games."
Preview: Washington Capitals at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m. ET. (Caps lead 2-1) According to Ryane Clowe, there's a "good chance" he'll return to the lineup Wednesday night. As important, New York finally broke through on the power play in Game 3 as the Capitals ended up taking six penalties. Special teams have hurt the Rangers so far. Brooks Laich hit the ice for the first time since April 4, but when he'll get back into the lineup is still unknown.
Preview: Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues, 9 p.m. ET (Series tied 2-2) After finding themselves in an 0-2 hole, the Kings took advantage of home ice and won both games at Staples Center to even the series. Entering Game 5, it appears as if Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock will reunite the "CPR" line of Adam Cracknell, Chris Porter and Ryan Reaves.
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