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PHT’s Morning Skate: Everyone hates the Canucks


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 Canucks didn’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for their visitors from Ottawa this weekend. (Senators Extra)

Making matters worse, the Canucks got a couple of iffy hits from Andrew Alberts on Kaspars Daugavins and Alex Burrows opening the door on Jesse Winchester. Hey, maybe Mark Recchi had a point. (Ottawa Sun)

Paul Maurice gets to yuk it up after beating his former team. Rage on Leafs fans. (Toronto Sun)

Easton is supplying Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson with sticks and they’re loving seeing him tear through them like crazy. (Senators Extra)

The Ducks power play is terrible. If I were a lesser man I’d say it was for the birds. Alas, here we are. (OC Register)

The Stars, meanwhile, would like to stop giving their opponents too many power play chances. (Stars)

Keith Primeau is doing his best in his post-playing career to discuss concussions and player safety. (CSNPhilly.com)

Scott Gomez is feeling better after dealing with a torn muscle. Now about all the booing in Montreal… (Montreal Gazette)

Finally, Detroit’s Brad Stuart must be a hell of a billiards player if he can play bounces like this to get an empty net goal. (NHL)

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?