Tonight's games: Family values and bitterness

With the trade deadline’s new car smell starting to wear off, NHL teams can go back to what is usually on their minds: the playoffs and vengeance (one can also imagine women being on their minds a bit too).

Anyway, let’s take a look at the league’s five for Friday.
Today’s Best

Vancouver Canucks (39-22-2, 80 pts) at Chicago Blackhawks (42-16-5, 89 pts) – 8:30 PM ET

Though their rivalry lacks the history of Red Wings – Blackhawks, last year’s brutal second round series instilled plenty of snarl. The bout holds the added advantage of hockey’s favorite “nature versus nurture” argument: will Chicago’s borderline All-Star team win despite its much maligned goalies or will all-world netminder Roberto Luongo shut them down?
New Jersey Devils (38-21-3, 79 pts) at Calgary Flames (30-24-9, 69 pts) – 9:00 PM ET

The Devils are seeking revenge against former coach and champion frowner Brent Sutter tonight. Sutter fled the team to work with his brother (and Flames GM) Darryl. Unfortunately, the Devils are known for wreaking revenge by boring people to tears.
Rest of the games after the jump

Philadelphia Flyers (33-26-3, 69 pts) at Buffalo Sabres (33-20-9, 75 pts) – 7:30 PM ET

Although Buffalo has a (fairly) comfortable grip on the fifth spot in the East, they’re 0-2 since coming back from Vancouver and are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games. Time for them to shape up.
Nashville Predators (35-23-5, 75 pts) at Detroit Red Wings  (29-22-12, 70 pts) – 7:30 PM ET

Before Chicago gained new life, the Predators carved out an existence as the Susan Lucci of the Central division; they seemingly always ended up second to Detroit. Now they finally have the chance to make it difficult for the Red Wings to even make the playoffs.
Minnesota Wild  (31-27-4, 66 pts) at Edmonton Oilers (19-38-6, 44 pts) – 9:00 PM ET

What’s the perfect remedy for an awful defense? A game against the Wild! Edmonton is probably going to lose anyway, though. Sorry, Oilers fans.

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    Video: Hextall comments on AHL d-man Pyett, who was diagnosed with sarcoma in leg

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely.

    The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says the club offers “heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”

    Pyett signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being at the Flyers’ training camp. He was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.

    Update: Wisniewski tore ACL 47 seconds into ‘Canes debut

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    Last night, we passed along news that veteran d-man James Wisniewski — acquired from Carolina at the draft — suffered what looked to be a serious injury just 47 seconds into his ‘Canes debut, and was ruled out for the remainder of the night.

    Now, he’s been ruled out for a lot longer than that.

    From the club:

    Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that defenseman James Wisniewski will undergo surgery on his left knee after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Thursday night’s game in Nashville.

    Recovery time for the injury is estimated at six months.

    This is, obviously, a tough development for both player and club. The ‘Canes were counting on Wisniewski to be a regular contributor on defense this year, and help improve last year’s middle-of-the-pack power play.

    Wisniewski, meanwhile, was looking to bounce back from a disappointing ’14-15 campaign. He was shipped out of Columbus at the deadline to Anaheim but never made an impact for the Ducks, failing to see any playoff action as Anaheim made it all the way to the Western Conference final.