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.
Someone found Theo Fleury’s Stanley Cup ring that he lost at the Heritage Classic and decided to cryptically call him out to get it on Craigslist. Meet them in public Theo! (Calgary Sun, Craigslist)
Barry Trotz speaks his mind to defend the recently suspended Jordin Tootoo. (Tennessean)
Meanwhile, Tyler Dellow breaks down and compares Tootoo’s hit on Ryan Miller with Milan Lucic’s in Zapruder-like ways with harsh words for Brendan Shanahan. (mc79hockey)
We’re happy to see The Globe And Mail’s Eric Duhatschek back on the beat after dealing with illness. (Globe And Mail)
Joe Sacco was in no mood to be challenged by Vancouver reporters after the Avs were stomped last night. (All Things Avs)
Bad news for Colorado’s Peter Mueller, he’s still out but now he’s listed as having a head injury. (All Things Avs)
Toronto’s Colby Armstrong is hoping to be back in action Friday night in Washington. (Toronto Sun)
Did you know? Three different goalies recorded assists last night: Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec, Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, and Vancouver’s Cory Schneider
Carlo Colaiacovo is pretty sick and tired of always being hurt. (Post-Dispatch)
College hockey news: It turns out the Alabama-Huntsville program might not be dead after all. Give it up for independent donors trying to save the school’s lone Division-I program. (Huntsville Times)
Finally, check out Daniel Sedin’s hat trick last night against Colorado. (NHL)
Patrice Bergeron doesn’t have a reputation for dirty hits, but he drew the Washington Capitals’ ire for a hit on Matt Niskanen.
The Capitals consider Niskanen “probable” to return to Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins with what they’re calling an upper-body injury. Bergeron received a two-minute boarding penalty for the infraction.
(Check out video of the hit above.)
The Capitals’ Twitter acknowledged the brewing bad feelings.
Does Bergeron deserve supplemental discipline for that boarding hit?
Washington currently leads the game 3-2.
There are plenty of hazards on an NHL rink even if you’re not a player.
Barry Trotz ranks among the coaches who’ve been hit by pucks, though he’s one of the tiny sliver of humans who would shake off a puck to the forehead. It can be dangerous for officials, too, whether it means a wayward puck or wayward player.
The latest example comes in the form of linesman Steve Miller needing help off the ice after a puck hit him in the knee area. As you can see from the video, it looked like he was in serious pain.
It’s refreshing that hockey fans have, for the most part, moved on from debating Tyler Bozak‘s merits.
The general feeling is that the Toronto Maple Leafs use him in appropriate ways these days, so we can simply enjoy his work as a pretty spiffy hockey player.
Speaking of spiffy, check out the sweet moves he made against the Minnesota Wild for the goal above. Feels like you could dub over a Chris Berman “whoop” or two in there, right?
(If you’re into that kind of thing.)
Here’s that gaudy move in isolation and in GIF form:
Even with two games in hand, some might be surprised to see the Washington Capitals tied with the Boston Bruins in standings points in early December.
That’s the case on Wednesday Night Rivalry, as a somewhat up-and-down Capitals team (which is glad to welcome T.J. Oshie back) hosts a Bruins squad that’s riding a three-game winning streak.
It should be an interesting matchup on NBCSN, which you can also watch online or via the NBC Sports App.
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