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.
Patrick Kane is returning to normal. By normal we mean he’s going back to playing on the wing rather than at center. (CSNChicago.com)
Joakim Lindstrom decided to go back to Sweden rather than play in Cleveland with the Avs farm team. Can you blame him? (All Things Avs)
Did John Carlson give a head shot to Matt Cooke at the end of last night’s Caps-Pens game? (The Pensblog)
Good news Sens fans, Matt Carkner is off to Binghamton for conditioning. (Senators Extra)
Tyler Ennis is ready to come back for Buffalo. (Buffalo News)
Pittsburgh’s 2009 first-round pick Simon Despres had a nice debut for the Penguins. (NHL)
Mason Raymond wasn’t able to return to action last night thanks to a paperwork snafu. It’ll get ya every time. (Globe And Mail)
Tim Thomas has a team record in sight, albeit very far away. (CSNNE.com)
Finally, watch as Ryan Kesler takes this planking thing a bit too far. (NHL)
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.
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?