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.
Mike Zeisberger has a great take on how Ron Wilson’s Christmas contract extension puts Brian Burke’s neck on the line as well. (Toronto Sun)
Meanwhile, Terry Koshan says that Wilson’s extension is “just plain wrong.” Harsh truth? (Toronto Sun)
Faceoffs get no respect. No respect I tell ya! (Sun-Sentinel)
The Canadiens are in their worst stretch of losing since they traded Patrick Roy away in 1995. They’d better hope Carey Price doesn’t vow to never play for them ever again. (Montreal Gazette)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins can’t wait to play in front of his folks at home in Vancouver. Just wait til Alex Burrows greets him with a face full of his glove as a “welcome home” gift. (Edmonton Journal)
They’re campaigning for Daniel Alfredsson to be one of the captains at the All-Star Game in Ottawa. If ever there was a sure thing to bet your life savings on, this is it. (Ottawa Sun)
Kudos to Predators agitator Jordin Tootoo on marking one year of sobriety. Here’s to hoping there will be many more. (Tennessean)
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.