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PHT’s Morning Skate: Dan Carcillo used to be an altar boy

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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.

You know what they say about those kids who went to parochial school, they either turn out to be hockey bloggers (like yours truly) or hockey tough guys like Dan Carcillo. (CSNChicago.com)

Speaking of Carcillo, he and Patrick Kane are having a mustache battle for Movember. Methinks this won’t bode well for baby face Kane. Call us when the mullet battle goes down. (ESPN Chicago)

Teemu Selanne tore his team a new one after their OT loss to Washington. When Teemu roars, you’d better listen. (OC Register)

Dominik Hasek is 46 years-old and he still wants to keep playing hockey. Who does he think he is, Chris Chelios? (NHL.com)

Mike Fisher has been cleared to play for Nashville after getting rung up by Francois Beauchemin. Resume your duties Nashville paparazzi. (Tennessean)

The Ilya Kovalchuk at right wing experiment lasted less than one game. Maybe they could’ve told him it was like left wing, just in reverse? (Fire & Ice)

Corey Perry is getting his number retired… By his junior team the London Knights. (Ducks)

Nathan Horton says he doesn’t feel like himself. He also says it’s not concussion-related. Hmm… (CSNNE.com)

Evander Kane is playing great in Winnipeg and silencing the critics. Wait, there are critics in Winnipeg? (Winnipeg Sun)

Chris Clark is getting a tryout with the AHL Bruins after missing out with Boston in training camp. (CSNNE.com)

Andy Sutton says it’ll take more than a suspension to change how he plays the game. He would know, he’s an expert in suspensions by now. (Edmonton Journal)

Peter Regin is finally seeing a finish line in his injury recover for Ottawa. Sadly, it’s about six weeks away. (Senators Extra)

College hockey: If you thought the battle over the North Dakota Fighting Sioux nickname was over, you were sorely mistaken and haven’t been paying attention to this saga. (USCHO)

Finally, Lauri Korpikoski proves that you don’t need balance at all to be able to score a goal. (NHL)

Bruins’ second line officially goes under the microscope

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While much has been written about the Boston Bruins’ depleted defense, there’s also a good amount of intrigue about the forward group, which will look dramatically different tonight compared to last year’s season opener.

Here are the Bruins’ expected lines versus the Jets:

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronLoui Eriksson
Matt BeleskeyDavid KrejciDavid Pastrnak
Jimmy HayesRyan SpoonerBrett Connolly
Chris KellyJoonas KemppainenZac Rinaldo

The line most under the microscope may be that second one. In today’s Boston Globe, there’s a lengthy story on Krejci. The 29-year-old center with the big contract only played 47 games last season due to injuries. He finished with just 31 points.

So, where is Krejci’s game now?

Then there’s free-agent addition Matt Beleskey, a.k.a. Milan Lucic‘s replacement. Prior to scoring 22 times last year for the Ducks, the 27-year-old Beleskey had never tallied more than 11 goals in a season.

So, is Beleskey a legitimate top-six forward?

On the other wing, it’s David Pastrnak, the 19-year-old who, somewhat surprisingly, emerged as one of the top rookies in the league last year.

So, can Pastrnak take another step forward?

“It’s been a good three plus weeks where we’ve been able to kind of work individually, as a group, as a line, with different players and different personalities,” said coach Claude Julien. “We’re pleased with it. We’re optimistic and we just have to let things work themselves out too.”

Lucic: If I wanted to hurt Couture, ‘I would have hurt him’


Last night in Los Angeles, Kings forward Milan Lucic received a match penalty after skating the entire width of the ice to give San Jose’s Logan Couture a two-hand shove to the face.

Lucic didn’t hurt Couture, who had caught Lucic with an open-ice hit that Lucic didn’t like. Couture’s smiling, mocking face was good evidence that the Sharks’ forward was going to be OK.

This morning, Lucic was still in disbelief that he was penalized so harshly.

“I didn’t cross any line,” Lucic said, per Rich Hammond of the O.C. Register. “Believe me, if my intentions were to hurt him, I would have hurt him.”

While Lucic knew he deserved a penalty, he said after the game that he didn’t “know why it was called a match penalty.” His coach, Darryl Sutter, agreed, calling it “a borderline even roughing penalty.”

And though former NHL referee Kerry Fraser believes a match penalty was indeed warranted, Lucic said this morning that he hasn’t heard from the NHL about any possible supplemental discipline.

Nor for that matter has Dustin Brown, after his high hit on Couture in the first period.

In conclusion, it’s good to have hockey back.

Related: Sutter says Kings weren’t ‘interested’ in checking the Sharks