Could Detroit's loss be a win for 2010 IIHF World Championships?

datswc.jpgWhile our main focus at PHT is pro hockey (it is in the title, right?), we still have our eye on other puck-related events. One of the world’s best hockey tournaments is the Hockey World Championships held every summer. The added wrinkle is that the contest takes place during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which means that an NHL playoff team’s loss could be a participating country’s gain.

Our own Joe Yerdon is providing some great stuff on the tournament, including a recent article regarding how much a Red Wings playoff loss could potentially help various countries

First, there’s the most obvious nation to benefit: Sweden.

Obviously, the main country that could benefit from the Wings elimination is Sweden. Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson are all players that could be ready to play in worlds. There’s one other big name Swede from Detroit, but captain Nicklas Lidstrom hasn’t participated in the World Championships since 2004. It’s unlikely that the 40 year-old future Hall of Famer would participate this year, especially since retirement could be next on his list.

Yerdon mentions that while Russia is loaded with talent (perhaps they should thank the Montreal Canadiens for freeing up the schedule of so many Russian Capitals?), Pavel Datsyuk is a player whose puck patriotism could be a boon. Finally, here’s a few other individuals who could really help their respective WC rosters.

Two players from the Wings roster could provide a big boost to two different Group D teams if they should be asked to sign up. Finland’s Valtteri Filppula and the United States’ Jimmy Howard are eligible to join their countries but the question remains to be answered if they will. For Finland, Filppula would give their offense another skilled player to help improve an offense that was stonewalled against Denmark. For the United States, Howard could provide some stability in goal as well as giving Howard a taste of international competition he hasn’t seen since World Juniors in 2002-2003.

Personally, I think that Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Zetterberg and other long-time Wings deserve a Free Patriotism Pass because they’ve played an unbelievable amount of hockey during the last three years. Younger/lower-minute players such as Howard, Filppula and Ericsson might want to at least consider going overseas, though.

Want more coverage of the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championships? Here’s a few more links.

The Hockey Worlds Blog

A Photo Gallery for Day 2 of the WC

Team USA upset by Germany

Germany-USA draws record crowd

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    Goal-starved Flyers recall AHL Phantoms leading scorer Cousins

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    Desperate for offense, Philly made a fairly noteworthy move on Friday — Nick Cousins has been brought up from the minors.

    Cousins, 22, has been a solid scorer at the AHL level in each of the last two seasons. He led Lehigh Valley with 56 points in 64 games in ’14-15 and, this year, has 18 through 15 — putting him in a tie for seventh in league scoring.

    The former OHL Sault Ste. Marie standout does have some NHL experience, having played 11 games for the Flyers last season. He averaged just under nine minutes per game over that span, and failed to register a point.

    Looking ahead, Cousins could make his season debut today, when Philly hosts the Preds. Right now it’s unclear where he’d fit in the lineup.

    To make room for Cousins on the roster, the Flyers sent Taylor Leier down to the Phantoms.


    NHL on NBC Doubleheader: Rangers vs. Bruins; ‘Hawks vs. Ducks

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    After a break in the schedule on Thursday, the NHL is back with a full slate of games on Friday.

    It all gets underway at 1:00 p.m. ET when the Rangers take on the Bruins on NBC.

    Boston is coming off a 3-2 OT win over Detroit on Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to four games.

    Although backup Jonas Gustavsson has been between the pipes for two of the four wins, there’s no denying that Tuukka Rask‘s improved play is a big reason for Boston’s turnaround.

    The 28-year-old is 4-2-0 in his last six starts and he’s given up 13 goals (five came in one game against the Sharks) during that span.

    The Bruins have won each of their last two home games, but are still just 4-6-1 at the TD Garden this season.

    New York didn’t go into the Thanksgiving break the way they had hoped.

    The Rangers are coming off a 5-1 loss, on home ice, to the Montreal Canadiens.

    Henrik Lundqvist was pulled for the first time all season after he allowed five goals on 24 shots.

    The 33-year-old’s rough outing was presumably just a blip on the radar, as he comes into this game with a 12-4-2 record, a 1.94 goals-against-average and a .939 save percentage.

    New York currently sits atop the Metropolitan division with 34 points.

    At 5:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN will broadcast the rematch of last year’s Western Conference final between the Ducks and ‘Hawks.

    After a brutal month of October that saw them win just one of their 10 games, the Ducks have been slightly better in November.

    Anaheim opened the month with a four-game winning streak only to drop their following three games. They’ve alternated wins and losses in their last eight contests.

    Ryan Getzlaf has six points in his last two games (all assists), but it’s clear that the Ducks need more from him.

    The 30-year-old has always been a pass-first player, but one goal in 19 games just isn’t cutting it.

    A guy who’s having no trouble finding the back of the net is ‘Hawks forward Patrick Kane.

    The 27-year-old comes into this game with 13 goals and 34 points in 22 games in ’15-16.

    He’s riding a 17-game point streak and has found his name on the scoresheet in all but two games this season.

    Chicago currently sits in fourth place in the Central division.


    New York Rangers at Boston Bruins, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

    Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks, 5 p.m. ET, NBCSN

    For online viewing information via NBC Sports’ Live Extra, click here.

    PHT Morning Skate: General Managers around the league are happy for Bergevin

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    PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

    The Montreal Canadiens gave Marc Bergevin a contract extension on Wednesday and fellow General Managers around the league are happy for their colleague. (TSN)

    Are the Washington Capitals the best team in the Eastern Conference? (ESPN)

    Here’s a funny cartoon depiction of the reported feud between Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby:

    Read an excerpt from Tie Domi’s book “shift work”. In this portion of the book, he talks about some crazy times at a New York City nightclub. (ESPN)

    “It’s a lot more complicated than the net and the goalie equipment, it’s the systems that teams play, the willingness of players to block shots every part of their body.” Steven Stamkos weighs in on the decreasing number of goals in the NHL. (Tampa Tribune)

    After the first quarter of the season, Henrik Lundqvist is’s favorite to land the Vezina Trophy. (

    Matt Beleskey donated 400 pies to various charitable organizations around Boston.

    Preds place Salomaki on IR, recall Sissons

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    Nashville made a minor roster transaction on Thursday, putting forward Miikka Salomaki on IR while recalling fellow forward Colton Sissons from AHL Milwaukee.

    Salomaki, 22, was a fairly regular lineup presence through the of November, appearing in eight games while averaging just under 12 minutes per night. Despite his relatively small frame (5-foot-11, 198 pounds), he racked up 28 hits over that time and emerged as a decent energy guy for the Preds.

    As for Sissons, he’s about to get yet another crack with the parent club.

    Having spent most of the last two seasons in Milwaukee, Sissons — the 50th overall pick in 2012 — has seen some action with the Preds this year. He has one goal in five games with Nashville, and eight points in 12 games with the Admirals.