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.
With November coming up and that being a chance to take part in the Movember charity for Hockey Fights Cancer, Jonas Hiller is going to wear the most awesome mustachioed mask we’ve ever seen. (The Goalie Guild)
Got a coach you’re looking to get fired? TSN’s Darren Dreger takes a look at ten guys that could soon be bench bosses in the NHL. (TSN)
Congrats to Mark Johnson, Bob Pulford, Tony Rossi, and Jeff Sauer for winning the Lester Patrick Award. (NHL)
Peter Regin’s shoulder is acting up on him all over again. This author can empathize all too well. (Senators Extra)
Has the NHL been also running the Dallas Stars along with the Coyotes? Tyler Dellow is on it. (mc79hockey)
Carey Price on Max Pacioretty playing last night against Philly: “He’s got some big nuts.” All righty then. (Renaud Lavoie)
Brian Elliott just keeps winning for St. Louis, this time in shutout form over Vancouver. Jaroslav who? (NBC Sports )
The win for St. Louis was also the franchise’s 1,500th win in team history. They’re just one win behind the number of games Nicklas Lidstrom has played. (Blues)
So much for Colorado’s road winning streak. Calgary kept them quiet 4-2 thanks to Rene Bourque’s two goals. (NBC Sports)
Martin Erat is getting really close to returning to action, so says Barry Trotz. (Tennessean)
Finally, real Bruins fans might want to look away. CSNNE.com’s Kevin Walsh found some of the most hardcore phony Bruins fans in Boston. (CSNNE.com)
This fight between Tom Wilson, Chris Stewart got downright gory (Video)
For those who decry the decline in fighting – in “blood and guts” hockey – Tuesday presented a bloody moment, one fairly high on this season’s Muta scale.
If there’s something maybe a little off-kilter about you, seeing it happen to Tom Wilson may provide an additional pleasure.
Anyway, as you can see in the video above, Minnesota Wild winger Chris Stewart bloodied the Washington Capitals pest in a fight. Whether you’re for, against or neutral toward Wilson, it’s quite the sight.
Wilson may be hurt, by the way. He missed some time but returned later in the contest.
Auston Matthews likely ranks as the top reason that many Toronto Maple Leafs are starting to get the same feelings they had in better times, so it only makes sense that he broke a beloved Buds’ record on Tuesday.
With his 35th goal of a potential Calder season – but a brilliant debut either way – Matthews passed Wendel Clark for the Maple Leafs’ rookie record for goals in a season.
That goal was also meaningful for William Nylander, as he extended his point streak to 12 games with an assist. This team, fueled by young players, just keeps shattering first-year marks:
Leafs rookie record watch:
GOALS – 35 Matthews ASSISTS – 40 Marner tied with Bodnar POINT STREAK – 12 games Nylander SHG – 3 Hyman
The U.S. women’s national team voted in favor of accepting USA Hockey’s deal, so they’ll participate in the world championship tournament. USA Hockey recently made the news official with this press release.
The press release confirmed a report that the contract will last four years, while financial terms were kept confidential. (Team members had been seeking a living wage to represent USA Hockey.)
“Our sport is the big winner today,” Team captain Meghan Duggan said. “We stood up for what we thought was right and USA Hockey’s leadership listened. In the end, both sides came together. I’m proud of my teammates and can’t thank everyone who supported us enough. It’s time now to turn the page. We can’t wait to play in the World Championship later this week in front of our fans as we try and defend our gold medal.”
As much as many of us suffer during a trip to the dentist, few can fathom the horrors hockey players often go through when a puck, stick or fist finds their teeth/mouths. Consult this vintage PHT post from 2010 if you want to cringe, a lot.
Couture, Wilson said, did not need to have his jaw wired shut after a deflected puck caught him in the mouth on Saturday when the Sharks played the Nashville Predators.
“Hey, he can speak and eat … and his jaw isn’t wired shut!” Yeesh.
To little surprise, Couture isn’t playing on Tuesday. As far as the Sharks next three games (Thursday, Friday and Sunday), that remains to be seen.
As an aside, consider this: on the same day Jonathan Drouin‘s celebrating his birthday after helping the Lightning win, Couture is lucky if he can force down some birthday cake. Life: it isn’t always fair.