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PHT Morning Skate: Where Luongo is “weak sauce”


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.

Patrik Elias celebrated becoming just the third player to appear in 1,000 games for the New Jersey Devils (Martin Brodeur and Ken Daneyko were the others) by scoring three points. Nice. (Tom Gulitti)

Darryl Sutter is doing a good job of waking up the Los Angeles Kings, although it seems like their offense would rather hit the “Snooze” button for a little longer. (Sports Illustrated)

Simon Gagne’s request that his teammates not ask about his concussion until he shaves his beard would be funny if he was clean-shaven. (Rich Hammond)

The New York Rangers’ win clinched John Tortorella’s spot as one of the All-Star Game coaches. I was going to call him the “East” coach, but instead he’ll be in charge of Team Player X. (

The “Fail for Nail” campaign might lose some steam after Nail Yakupov went down with a knee injury from the World Junior Hockey Championships. (

Here’s some evidence that Evgeni Nabokov probably hopes that Bobby Ryan won’t get traded to an Eastern Conference team, if the Anaheim Ducks are crazy enough to move him.

Eric Staal notched three points as he – and not coincidentally, the Carolina Hurricanes – seems to be heating up quite a bit as of late. (The Associated Press)’s Joe Haggerty thinks that Vancouver/Roberto Luongo’s decision to start Cory Schneider against the Boston Bruins this afternoon is “weak sauce.” (Haggerty)

Find out how Staal, Zach Parise and other players feel about that realignment business. (USA Today)’s John Boruk dares to be disappointed with the finale to HBO 24/7 Flyers/Rangers (CSN Philly)

Video: Evgeni Malkin leaves Oilers spinning

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Yes, there’s a lot of drama surrounding the Pittsburgh Penguins, whether it’s founded on serious problems or merely speculation.

It’s easy to get swept up in all of that and ignore the fact that, hey, they still have Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Those two can really heal wounds with their on-ice play, and in Saturday’s case, Malkin is taking over against the Edmonton Oilers.

His spin-o-rama goal above was a real jaw-dropper. He also scored Pittsburgh’s second tally:

These highlights feel like Malkin’s way of saying “It’s going to be just fine.”

Lightning’s first fight this season: Ryan Callahan vs. Kyle Okposo

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Fighting is down more or less across the board in the NHL, but the Tampa Bay Lightning might be the franchise least interested in dropping the gloves.

Ryan Callahan vs. Kyle Okposo already has some name recognition to it, yet it gets some bonus points for being the Bolts’ first fighting major of 2015-16.

It … probably loses those bonus points in being run-of-the-mill.

Hey, be fair; the Lightning are clearly out of practice.

Oilers GM doesn’t want to force a trade for the sake of a trade

Peter Chiarelli

It must be a helpless feeling to sit idly by while your team continues to flail, but such emotions are what opposing GMs love to prey on.

Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli hasn’t been around through much of the suffering for this hapless franchise, yet that doesn’t mean he’s immune to the calls for improvement. To his credit, he’s not buckling under that pressure.

You can see and hear his full comments below:

If you don’t feel like playing the video, the message is simple enough.

Chiarelli isn’t happy with Edmonton’s record – he hasn’t “seen progression” in ways that he was expecting, but again … he doesn’t want to force moves.

Long story short, he can “sleep at night,” even if he’s disappointed.

Is he right to take a relaxed approach, though? Maybe it’s time to blow up a part of what isn’t working? Have some fun armchair GM’ing on this one.

Slump busters: Simmonds, Couturier end long scoring droughts in win over Rangers


It’s been a good few days to be a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, as their team delivered not once, but twice during Thanksgiving weekend.

The Flyers picked up a 3-2 OT win over the Predators on Friday before shutting out the New York Rangers, 3-0, on Saturday.

It was a good afternoon for three players in particular.

Both Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier ended long scoring slumps.

Simmonds’ two goals were his first in seven games, while Couturier scored for the first time in his last 13 contests.

Goaltender Steve Mason also had a solid outing against the Rangers.

The 27-year-old turned aside all 24 shots he faced including this great save on Dominic Moore:

The Flyers lost defenseman Nick Schultz to an upper-body injury in the first period after he took a big hit from Dylan McIlrath.

Luke Schenn defended his fallen teammate by dropping the gloves with McIlrath, which didn’t go unnoticed by his teammates.

The Rangers are now on a season-high three-game losing streak. Their lack of effort has to be concerning for their head coach Alain Vigneault.

The Flyers outshot the Rangers 30-14 over the final 40 minutes.