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.
Baiting Leafs fans can be easy to do. Doing it over All-Star Game voting though? For one Ottawa Sun columnist, this was his moment to strike while the iron was hot. Sigh. (Ottawa Sun)
The Flyers are really hoping Kimmo Timonen’s wrist isn’t hurt badly. They can’t afford (in many ways) to have him be hurt long term. (CSNPhilly.com)
The IIHF is launching a concussion task force to get to the bottom of things and figure out how why the game is going through such an epidemic with these injuries. (The Globe And Mail)
Chicago GM Stan Bowman has a shopping list for making trades: A center and a defenseman. So obviously that means he’ll get Ryan Getzlaf and Lubomir Visnovsky, right? That’s how it works, isn’t it? (CSNChicago.com)
Ryan Miller is ready to go after Dominik Hasek’s team record for wins. Of course, if he were playing better he would’ve broken it by now, but that’s beside the point. (Buffalo News)
It’s hard to impress Jonathan Toews, but he liked a lot of what he saw out of rookie Andrew Shaw last night. (CSNChicago.com)
It just gets worse for Columbus. Mark Letestu broke his hand in a hard-luck loss to San Jose last night. (Puck-Rakers)
Finally, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett wasn’t too pleased with how Drew Doughty’s overtime goal counted last night. Should it have? (NHL)
Brian Campbell doesn’t score as many points as he used to, but he came up with a huge goal against the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.
With the game tied, 1-1, in overtime, Campbell skated into the slot and beat Petr Mrazek with a perfect wrister to end the game.
It was also a pretty nice passing play between Jussi Jokinen, Jonathan Huberdeau and Campbell.
Dylan Larkin opened the scoring in the second period before Reilly Smith leveled the score with just over five minutes remaining.
The Wings have blown a lead in three straight games.
Detroit was up 2-0 and 3-2 in their last game, against Edmonton, before they finally closed the game out with an overtime goal by Niklas Kronwall.
They weren’t so fortunate against the Bruins on Wednesday, as they lost 3-2 in OT after leading 2-1 with under two minutes remaining in regulation.
This was the first meeting of the season between Detroit and Florida, but they’ll see each other three times between Feb. 4 and Mar. 19.
You can’t blame Mike Babcock for siding with the relatively unknown when the other option is Jonathan Bernier, a goalie who’s 0-8-1 so far in 2015-16.
With that in mind, meet Garret Sparks, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ expected starter for Monday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Sparks was a seventh-round pick (190th overall) in 2011, a guy who was off to a great start in the AHL. That much wasn’t lost on Babcock.
Let’s face it, though; this is as much about the Leafs’ other two goalies as it is about Sparks (whose name inspired a very obscure reference in this post’s headline).
In Bernier’s case, there’s an “enough’s enough” feel:
Meanwhile, James Reimer‘s not quite healthy enough to play yet, so the window of opportunity is open for Sparks … a little bit.
Sparks will get a chance to make an impression, even if it’s just a small one.
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.
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.)