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PHT Morning Skate: Where the Predators have the feel-good story of the year

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.

Nashville assistant coach Brent Peterson is battling Parkinson’s Disease and by fighting it so publicly he’s raising awareness about it and bringing hope to others that they can overcome the debilitating effects of the disease. He’s also surprising the Preds with a visit at practice. (On The Forecheck, Tennessean)

Dale Hunter’s deal with Washington is one that expires at the end of this season. Hmm… (Washington Times)

OMG! The Leafs signed Justin Bieber after having him visit the team! All right, not really, but it’s fun for the Beebs anyhow. (Pension Plan Puppets)

Eric Duhatschek wonders where have all the Quebec goalies have gone. Without Patrick Roy to kick around, Martin Brodeur and Marc-Andre Fleury just don’t have the same “wow” factor. (The Globe And Mail)

Patrick Kaleta will be back for Buffalo. Brad Boyes… Not so much. (Buffalo News)

P.K. Subban knows he has to be better and will keep annoying opposing forwards til he gets it right. (Montreal Gazette)

Ondrej Pavelec is calling out… His forwards? Goalies sure are getting antsy these days. (Winnipeg Sun)

Bruce Boudreau knows the Ducks are going to get the full brunt of Darryl Sutter’s arrival with the Kings in his first game behind the bench. (OC Register)

The Sharks laid a whoopin’ so hard on Tampa Bay that it might actually force Steve Yzerman and Guy Boucher to do something about their goaltending after the holiday freeze. (

The Blues seek balance in the Force, also in how they play Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak. (Post-Dispatch)

Video: Dylan Larkin adds to his rookie goals lead

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So far, the 2015-16 crop of rookies is living up to the hype, if not exceeding it. Connor McDavid‘s unfortunate injury hasn’t even derailed this year’s crop.

The Detroit Red Wings are watching their own blue chip blossom, as Dylan Larkin is making an instant impact.

No. 71 scored his 10th goal of the season against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, fattening his rookie goals lead.

He still needs five points to match rookie points leader Artemi Panarin, though.

Latest report leaves Carey Price’s injury timeline fuzzy

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There’s one thing we seem to know about Carey Price‘s injury situation: he first got hurt stepping on a puck on Oct. 29, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Contrary to earlier reports about him missing about a month, it sounds like his window of recovery is still up in the air (which, to be fair, could mean that he’ll still miss about a month when it’s all said and done).

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Price underwent testing with Montreal’s team doctor on Saturday and is expected to go through more; we may not know more about his expected injury timeline until early this coming week.

So, basically, Price’s situation is fuzzier than his mustache right now.

Leg injuries can be tricky anyway, so we shouldn’t be too surprised that there are mixed signals regarding Price, and this may remain a fluid situation for some time.

(But we’ll hopefully know more soon enough.)

Lightning lament life as a .500 team

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have plenty of time to rise above mediocrity, yet it still must be deserving to finish at .500 for two straight months.

After last night’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders, that’s exactly where they find themselves:

Record at the end of October: 5-5-2

Record at the end of November: 11-11-3

As of this writing, the Lightning found themselves on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. It all stands as a pretty tough thing for the reigning Eastern Conference champs to swallow.

The uncomfortable-yet-vital question is: can the Lightning break out of this funk?

Looking at their schedule, it won’t be easy, at least not right away.

They crawl through California during a three-game road trip to start December, and they also face six of eight on the road from Dec. 2 – 18.

The Lightning soak up home dates to finish 2015 after that, but what damage will be done by then?

Frankly, the Bolts will need to dig deep to break this pattern. If nothing else, they’ve fought with their backs against the wall before.

Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby


Sometimes a suspension will shame a player, or at least inspire him to change the way he plays.

That apparently won’t happen regarding Brandon Dubinsky‘s one-game timeout session for cross-checking Sidney Crosby.

Dubinsky told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch that he won’t alter his style, whether it’s against Crosby or someone else.

“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”

In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.

One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.

Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?

Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).