Puck Headlines: How will Wild fans treat Gaborik?

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.

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• Sticking-swingin' fun between Mike Komisarek and Sergei Kostitsyn at Montreal Canadiens practice today, as tempers flared for the struggling team. As usual this season, Alexei Kovalev was not involved. [Sportsnet]

Preview: Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild (8 p.m. EST; TV: TSN, NHLN). It'll be interesting to see (and hear) how Marian Gaborik is received in his first game back on home ice after his lengthy time on the sidelines. Think Wild fans are skeptical? Check out how Minnesota Wild Times greeting the return of "Uncle Moneybags" to the lineup. Of course, as Five Hole Fanatics points out, this is also the first meeting of the season between big-time division rivals.

Preview: New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres (7 p.m. EST; TV: MSG, Yahoo! Sports).  Rookie forward Nathan Gerbe is out about two weeks with the dreaded "upper body injury" for the Sabres. Scott Clemmensen gets the call tonight for the Devils after losing in a shootout to the Leafs last night. The Devils are still talking about Jason Blake's move in the shootout last night.

Bobby Holik on the Blake spin-o-rama: "I know it's legal, but it's so un-hockey. I think it's B.S." [Hugging Harold Reynolds]

• Claude Lemieux on Sean Avery: "That stuff (what he said) doesn't fly with me. I was never like that. I kept on the ice what I had to do and I never took it outside. Never. Ever." [Sportsnet]

• Hockey stick cookies with a chocolate puck? Don't tell Kyle Wellwood. [How Stuff Works, H/T to Curl]

Preview: Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks (10:30 p.m. EST; TV: RSW). What a spot for the Oil: coming off a 9-2 curb-stomping at the hands of the Blackhawks, and then turning around to face the Canucks on Trevor Linden Night. They claim they're ready.

Preview: San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m. EST; TV: FSOH). Steve Mason will be between the pipes for the Jackets, who evidently have a deep admiration and respect for their opponents this evening.

Preview: New York Rangers at Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. EST; TV: MSG, FSW). And we have a Steve Valiquette sighting!

• There was much rejoicing on the Puck Daddy Fantasy Team as Marc-Andre Fleury has returned! [Globe & Mail]

• The Hockey Guy applies the B.S. test to Mike Keenan's claims that ownership forced him to dismantle the St. Louis Blues when he was running the show. [Post-Dispatch]

• The Top 10 greatest players in Canucks history; what, no love for Gino Odjick? [Hockey Hermit]

• Finally, this is how the local affiliate in Chicago is pimping the Winter Classic:

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