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.
Jonas Hiller was steaming mad after the Ducks lost to the Wild last night. Is it so bad losing to the top team in the NHL? (OC Register)
Yes, it’s true. The Wild are the very best in the league now after their victory. Seriously. (Russo’s Rants)
If you haven’t read the New York Times’ piece on Derek Boogaard titled “A Boy Learns to Brawl” you really should. (New York Times)
Nashville’s defense is to blame for their recent skid? Everyone except Shea Weber and Ryan Suter of course. (Tennessean)
Make it three wins in a row for the Avalanche. See, they put wins together without threatening Joe Sacco’s job. (All Things Avs)
Both Henrik Karlsson and Miikka Kiprusoff were run over by Canucks forwards in the Flames’ 5-1 loss to Vancouver. Open season on goalies, indeed. (Flames)
Things are slowly plodding along with the sale of the St. Louis Blues to Matthew Hulsizer. (Post-Dispatch)
Jared Cowen is starting to get his game figured out in Ottawa. As for David Rundblad… (Ottawa Sun)
Valtteri Filppula could be in a bit of trouble after getting his leg cut by a skate against Colorado. (Detroit Free Press)
Finally, while the Wings lost to Colorado 4-2 to snap a seven-game win streak, it wasn’t without a little bit of magic from Pavel Datsyuk courtesy of his feed to Johan Franzen. (NHL)
Alex Burrows doesn’t want a trade out of Vancouver and he wants to make sure everyone knows it.
On Saturday, Sportsnet’s Elliott Friedman reported that Burrows was potentially willing to waive his no-trade clause if a deal came up.
When asked about the report, Burrows went into denial mode.
“There’s no truth to that,” Burrows told beat reporter Ben Kuzma. “I’ve never talked to management or coaches about it.
“Last time I talked to my agent was to wish him Merry Christmas.”
Whether or not Burrows is willing to accept a deal out of Vancouver may be irrelevant.
The 34-year-old has seven goals and 16 points in 53 games this season, and he comes with a cap hit of $4.5 million dollars next season.
That’s pretty steep for a guy who’s on pace to score just 25 points this year.
If the Canucks want to find a taker for his services (assuming he’s willing to go), they’ll likely have to take a good-sized contract back or they’ll have to eat some of his remaining salary.
It makes sense that a swift bit of history happened in a game in which three goals were scored scored on three shots in about three minutes.
Brad Marchand found the net eight seconds in after an icing call, setting a new record for the Boston Bruins.
(You can see that goal in the video above.)
Watch that three-goal burst in this video:
The two teams weren’t done then. Loui Eriksson made it 3-1 while Pavel Datsyuk scored his 900th point to make it 3-2.
Maybe the best moment wasn’t a goal: Torey Krug was seemingly hurt by a Pavel Datsyuk hit, yet he returned without missing much time.
When the New Jersey Devils shut down a team 1-0, it’s usually with Cory Schneider in net.
Their workhorse got the afternoon off against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, yet Keith Kinkaid did his Schneider impression, grabbing his first NHL shutout in the process.
It was a low-event game with just 46 combined shots on goal, but Kinkaid had to work, stopping all 28 shots. To give you an idea of how tight this game was, the only tally was credited to David Schlemko on the power play.
This gives the Devils three straight wins. They managed to climb into third place in the Metropolitan Division, although New Jersey’s edge is a little misleading; the Islanders trail them by one standings point while holding three games in hand.
That leaves the Islanders in the bottom wild card spot, while the Penguins aren’t so far behind either.
Third in Metro: Devils – 65 points with 57 games played
Second wildcard: Islanders – 64 points, 54 GP
First spot outside the East playoffs: Penguins – 63 points, 54 GP
So, the Devils’ hold of a playoff spot is a bit tenuous, yet the bottom line is that they’re staying in the mix.
The Kings, meanwhile, remain comfortably in first in the Pacific.
The Boston Bruins (without Patrice Bergeron) take on the Detroit Red Wings (missing Jonathan Ericsson) on Sunday afternoon.
It’s a matchup between the second-ranked and third-ranked teams in the Atlantic Division, with little separating the two in the standings.
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