Puck Headlines: Chicago Blackhawks' all-star propaganda war

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

• As of this evening, Patrick Kane is about 40,000 votes behind Jarome Iginla for the last final starting forward spot for the Western Conference All-Star Team. Chicago Blackhawks teammate Jonathan Toews is almost 90,000 votes off the pace. Perhaps it's time they stop sniping at each other in these slanderous campaign ads and focus on the issues! See the Toews response on Two-Line. [Two-Line Pass]

• Meanwhile, Kane gets the David Amber treatment on ESPN, and the most important quote is buried at the bottom of the Q&A: "To say we're a Cup team right now, I'd be lying to you. I think we're a couple of years away, but you never know what will happen with free-agent signings and trades." [ESPN]

Preview: Calgary Flames at St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. EST; TV: RSW, FSMW). Adrian Aucoin will be in the lineup for the Flames after getting banged up this week, but the big news is that T.J. Oshie is expected back for the Blues. He hasn't played since Nov. 1.

Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild (8 p.m. EST; TV: RSW, KSTC). The Canucks are trying to avoid a five-game losing streak for the first time in about three years. Uh, hurry back Mr. Luongo.


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• Remember AHL loose cannon Tim Conboy, who may have bitten an opponent this season during a fight? The Carolina Hurricanes had called him up. Good times are assured. [Canes Country]

• The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without Tyler Kennedy for 4-to-6 weeks with a bum knee. [Steel City Sports Fan]

Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars (8:30 p.m. EST; TV: FSSW). Mike Modano on the Sean Avery suspension, via Dallas Stars Blog: "You have to move on and start a new chapter, and that's kind of what we're planning on doing and working toward. As players, I think we've kind of washed our hands of the situation. After today, we're not going to discuss it or talk about it or him." Emphasis ours.

Preview: Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. EST; TV: RSW, FSW). Erik Ersberg gets the start of the Kings, as Lubomir Visnovsky returns to Staples Center. According to the awesome Goalie Post, we should see Mathieu Garon start.

• The NHLPA promises to have Sean Avery's back because the NHL's punishment was "unprecedented both in its severity, as well as the process by which it was handed down."  [WEEI]

• Finally, from Mouthpiece Sports, a video that will allow you to connect Sean Avery to actor Chris Klein in six dating steps or less. Now you can win that bar bet. 

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