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.
Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray is so upset about a hit on Anze Kopitar that he pulled an “In my day …” OK, he said my “generation,” but same difference. (LA Kings Insider.)
Jeremy Roenick believes that Jonathan Toews could be a prime candidate for the Hart Trophy. (CSNChicago.com.)
Speaking of MVP candidates, John Boruk provides 10 keys for Claude Giroux to win it instead. My favorite: “Keep up the Giroux lovefest.” (CSNPhilly.com.)
Sad, must-see video: Sportsnet’s Christine Simpson catches up with Kristina Korolev, daughter of Igor, who died in that terrible Lokomotiv plane crash. (H/T to Kukla’s Korner.)
Most people are surprised that Matt Hackett has had such a successful first two games in the NHL, but his well-known uncle (and former NHL goalie) Jeff isn’t. (NHL.com.)
Close call of Friday night: Ottawa Senators prospect Patrick Wiercioch took a puck to the throat. Despite being admitted to a hospital, the word is that he’s in stable condition and should be OK. (TSN.)
Fantasy hockey nuts might want to pay attention to Sam Gagner now that he’s skating with wunderkind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He has six of his 12 points in the last four games, including three from last night. His numbers could skyrocket if he keeps getting slam dunk opportunities like these:
Dennis Wideman scored his first career hat trick tonight. It was such an unbelievable achievement that Wideman doesn’t believe he had three goals. He believes his third one deflected off of someone else. (CSNWashington.com.)
You’re excused if you didn’t notice, but the Winnipeg Jets are now on a four-game winning streak. They’ve come a long way since getting embarrassed by the Montreal Canadiens during their first game back in the ‘Peg. (Winnipeg Sun.)
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.