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.
Joe Pavelski is a hero to the Sharks, but even getting down 4-2 at home to the Avalanche can motivate him and the Sharks to storm back to victory. (Working The Corners)
Seen Steve Stamkos? The Flames sure saw enough of him after he helped the Lightning win 5-4 in overtime. (Lightning Strikes)
Kirk Muller is using a peculiar strategy to help the Hurricanes power play. He’s showing them how the Canadiens do it. Er… OK Kirk, whatever you say. (News & Observer)
Eric Lindros has some ideas how to help curb concussions. Question is: Will anyone listen? (CSNPhilly.com)
Alex Ovechkin scored a goal last night. Even better still, it was the only one of the game as the Caps shutout Winnipeg. (CSNWashington.com)
St. Louis’ Patrik Berglund likes keeping it simple. It worked against the Rangers pretty well last night. (Post-Dispatch)
Martin Hanzal having a goal disallowed poorly helped motivate the Coyotes to storm back against Edmonton. (Ice Chips)
Finally, get a look at the goal Ovechkin scored to win it for Washington. Having a shot like that is totally unfair. (NHL)
Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.
O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.
The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.
He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.
With a quote that’s sure to raise the ire of the stats crowd, here’s Jonathan Quick on his .833 save percentage to start the season:
“That’s for people that don’t know the game. Those numbers don’t mean nothing. We’re 0-2, though. That number means something, so that’s something that we’ve got to get better at.”
(That quote, per LA Kings Insider.)
Quick allowed four goals on 22 shots in his last outing, a 4-1 loss to Arizona on Friday, after which head coach Darryl Sutter said of his star goalie: “He didn’t play very well tonight, did he?”
So even if Quick doesn’t think much of statistics, he should still be extra motivated for tonight’s home game against Vancouver, assuming he gets the start.
Last season, Quick’s .918 save percentage ranked in a three-way tie for 14th out of the 29 goalies who started 40 or more games.