Ray Emery, Joe Frazier

PHT’s Morning Skate: Smokin’ Joe Frazier the Flyers fan

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.

Joe Frazier wasn’t a hockey legend, but he was a Philadelphia legend who had a special place in the Flyers’ hearts as well, especially when Ray Emery was in town. Rest in peace, Champ. (NBC Sports)

Want to melt your brain on win statistics so far this season? Pension Plan Puppets has your hookup. Do not read before caffeinated. (PPP)

Claude Noel does not want to move Dustin Byfuglien back to forward. Say, I don’t suppose Buff misses Craig Ramsay now does he? (Winnipeg Sun)

Curious what the Canadiens would look like all mustachioed for Movember? No, they all won’t look like the Mario Bros. before eating a mushroom. (All-Habs)

Mike Komisarek is giving Luke Schenn tips on how to bounce back from a benching. At least he’s experienced at it. (Toronto Sun)

Loui Eriksson is getting work done for the Stars so far this season. (ESPN Dallas)

Duncan Keith is feeling like he’ll be back in the lineup Tuesday. Chicago has missed him. (Chicago Tribune)

While Tim Connolly is banged up for the Leafs, Joe Colborne is making his mark in Toronto’s farm system. “Thank you, Kaberle” has an awkward ring to it. (NHL)

Jets would like more from Bryan Little. That might be a tall task. (Winnipeg Sun)

The Capitals are mailing it in on fighting this year. Add them to the list with Tampa Bay and Detroit. We bet D.J. King would’ve liked a heads up on this development. (CSNWashington.com)

Daniel Alfredsson had himself an Ice Cube day coming back from his concussion. For you fans that don’t know 90s rap, he had a good day. (Senators Extra)

Adrian Dater ran into former Wings forward Darren McCarty at the pawn shop where “Hardcore Pawn” is filmed. Make your own punchline if you want to. Tread carefully. (All Things Avs)

Finally, Al Montoya may have taken a bit of a beating last night, but he will do his job lying down. Seriously.

NHL on NBCSN: Rangers, Penguins renew acquaintances on Rivalry Night

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Tonight, there’s a big Metropolitan Division showdown at Consol as the Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Rangers. You can catch the game on NBCSN (8 p.m. ET), or watch live online with NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Some relevant linkage for tonight’s affair:

Rangers ‘are doing a lot of good things’

‘I wonder if that’s Crosby, what happens?’ — AV upset after McDonagh concussed by Simmonds

Malkin (lower body) to miss rest of week

Crosby, Karlsson and Trocheck are NHL’s three stars of the week

 

 

PHT Morning Skate: It’s not like they robbed a bank

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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.

Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley seems pretty chill about healthy-scratching Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma. That goes for Monahan and Gaudreau in particular, noting that they’re “great kids.”

Besides … it’s not like they robbed a bank. (NHL.com)

Uh oh, did Nazem Kadri make the throat-slashing gesture to Mark Giordano? See for yourself in the video above. (Puck Daddy)

What should the New York Islanders do with unrestricted free agent Kyle Okposo, who’s enjoying a productive contract year? (The Hockey News)

What a playoff berth would mean to the Florida Panthers. (Sportsnet)

Checking in with various teams as the trade deadline looms. (NHL Numbers)

On the Canucks using those Pavel Bure-era jerseys. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss

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The Minnesota Wild put together the kind of effort that would beat a lot of NHL teams on Tuesday. Unfortunately for that beleaguered group, it wasn’t enough to edge the Dallas Stars.

Despite generating 40 shots on goal and generating 1-0 and 2-1 leads, the Wild lost to the Stars 4-3 in overtime. With that, they’ve lost six straight games.

(The view doesn’t get much prettier if you pull away a little further, either, as Minnesota’s only won once in the last month, going 1-9-2 in their last 12.)

Ultimately, the Stars’ big guns were too powerful. Tyler Seguin generated two assists and so did Jamie Benn, who set up John Klingberg‘s overtime game-winning goal.

Again, the effort sure seemed to be there for the Wild, even if they’re far beyond the point of accepting moral victories.

As frustrating as this must be, Minnesota’s not that far from a playoff spot. Still, it has to sting to see “Close, but not good enough” as a prevailing theme as of late.

Royal beating: Lucic, Kings crush Bruins 9-2

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The Boston Bruins welcomed Milan Lucic back on Tuesday. Maybe they shouldn’t have extended such a warm welcome to the Los Angeles Kings overall, however.

You won’t see many games as lopsided as this one, at least in 2015-16, as the Kings walloped the Bruins by a humbling score of 9-2.

Lucic wasn’t just there, either, as he scored a goal and an assist in his quite triumphant return to Boston.

Tuukka Rask had a short night in Boston’s net, yet it wasn’t as if Jonas Gustavsson enjoyed his time. It was a pretty sound beating by all accounts.

This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.