Puck this, Puck that, Puck everything! 11/27/13

Looking Back

Dallas Explodes on Anaheim

Dallas came limping into the game Tuesday night after losing two straight in blowout fashion, while the Ducks came in flying high after two consecutive victories. Things went predictably well for the Ducks in the first two periods. They held a 2-1 lead, and had out-played and out-shot the Stars. Something changed between periods for Dallas. They came out fast and furious in the third and erupted to score three goals in a span of 53 seconds to take the air out from under the Ducks wings. The Stars added two more third period goals, while Anaheim was left pondering what the puck happened after their dominant first two periods. The final score was a surprising 6-3 victory for the Stars. The two don’t face each other until early February, so revenge will have to wait.

Parise Out
The Wild announced Tuesday afternoon that All-Star forward Zach Parise will miss the next 2-3 weeks with a foot injury. The injury was suffered during a Monday night game against St. Louis, when Parise took an Alexander Steen slap shot off the inside of his foot. The loss of Parise, the Wild leading scorer, couldn’t come at a worse time. The team had been extremely hot in recent weeks, winning twelve of their last sixteen. They face an extremely tough slate of games in the next week, facing Colorado twice, the defending champion Blackhawks, and the Phoenix Coyotes. Watching the adjustments Minnesota makes moving forward will be something to keep an eye on.

Looking Ahead 

What to watch

Vinny Lecavalier makes his highly anticipated return to Tampa tonight. You can expect it to be a very emotional game for both Vinny, and the Lightning. Lecavalier spent 14 years leading the Lightning before being bought out this past summer. He holds a number of team records, brought the city its first Stanley Cup, and still remains close with many member of the current Bolts team. Lecavalier will be honored as a community hero before the game, which will be followed by a tribute video filled with the best of the many highlights and memories from his time in Tampa Bay. Lecavalier admitted in an interview Tuesday that he had been distracted in recent games thinking about his return to the place he called home for so many years.

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Game of the Night

St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche

A face-off between two of the NHL’s elite teams. Both squads come into the game tonight on fire. St. Louis is riding a four game winning streak, while the Avalanche have a three game streak of their own. Colorado will be looking for revenge for their embarrassing 7-3 defeat to the Blues two weeks ago. In the previous meeting the Avs couldn’t stay out of the box. If they want tonight to go differently they will need to keep the penalties to a minimum. You can expect a physical, fast-paced game on both ends of the ice. Both teams boast top 6 rankings on both offense and defense. Prediction: The Avs get revenge. They come out angry, and shut down Blues top forward Alexander Steen to take home a 3-2 win.