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.
Give Dustin Penner credit: he might be a big wobbly punching bag to hockey snarksters, but the guy has a sense of humor. Want proof? He’s putting together a “Pancakes with Penner” raffle to benefit charitable causes. (MayorsManor via Puck Daddy)
Shawn Thornton’s verbal sparring partner Tony Gallagher trots out an eye-rolling annual trope: will the rest of the NHL try to ape [insert previous season’s champion]? In this case, Gallagher wonders if other teams will attempt to beat everyone up, because it’s not like the Boston Bruins employ arguably the best goalie and defenseman in the league or anything … (Vancouver Province)
Tomas Kundratek reflects on his NHL debut with the Washington Capitals. (CSNWashington.com)
Kerry Fraser gives a rundown on the recent string of penalty shots. (TSN)
Marc Savard is returning to Boston tonight, but he won’t be in a Bruins uniform. Instead, he will host a luxury suite gathering of pediatric patient at Children’s Hospital Boston. (CSNNE.com)
Katie Baker waxes on hockey player nicknames. (Grantland)
Bruce Dowbiggin has a great piece on guys like Pierre McGuire and Ray Ferraro who are brave enough to analyze games from between the players’ benches … and all the stories/colorful language they can’t share. (The Globe & Mail)
The good, the bad and the ugly from the first half of the Philadelphia Flyers’ tumultuous 2010-11 season. (CSNPhilly.com)
The New Jersey Devils are allowing and generating more shorthanded goals than anyone else in the NHL so far this season. (Boston.com and NJ.com)
Here is one of those league-leading 11 penalty kill tallies, via Ilya Kovalchuk:
Alex Burrows doesn’t want a trade out of Vancouver and he wants to make sure everyone knows it.
On Saturday, Sportsnet’s Elliott Friedman reported that Burrows was potentially willing to waive his no-trade clause if a deal came up.
When asked about the report, Burrows went into denial mode.
“There’s no truth to that,” Burrows told beat reporter Ben Kuzma. “I’ve never talked to management or coaches about it.
“Last time I talked to my agent was to wish him Merry Christmas.”
Whether or not Burrows is willing to accept a deal out of Vancouver may be irrelevant.
The 34-year-old has seven goals and 16 points in 53 games this season, and he comes with a cap hit of $4.5 million dollars next season.
That’s pretty steep for a guy who’s on pace to score just 25 points this year.
If the Canucks want to find a taker for his services (assuming he’s willing to go), they’ll likely have to take a good-sized contract back or they’ll have to eat some of his remaining salary.
It makes sense that a swift bit of history happened in a game in which three goals were scored scored on three shots in about three minutes.
Brad Marchand found the net eight seconds in after an icing call, setting a new record for the Boston Bruins.
(You can see that goal in the video above.)
Watch that three-goal burst in this video:
The two teams weren’t done then. Loui Eriksson made it 3-1 while Pavel Datsyuk scored his 900th point to make it 3-2.
Maybe the best moment wasn’t a goal: Torey Krug was seemingly hurt by a Pavel Datsyuk hit, yet he returned without missing much time.
When the New Jersey Devils shut down a team 1-0, it’s usually with Cory Schneider in net.
Their workhorse got the afternoon off against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, yet Keith Kinkaid did his Schneider impression, grabbing his first NHL shutout in the process.
It was a low-event game with just 46 combined shots on goal, but Kinkaid had to work, stopping all 28 shots. To give you an idea of how tight this game was, the only tally was credited to David Schlemko on the power play.
This gives the Devils three straight wins. They managed to climb into third place in the Metropolitan Division, although New Jersey’s edge is a little misleading; the Islanders trail them by one standings point while holding three games in hand.
That leaves the Islanders in the bottom wild card spot, while the Penguins aren’t so far behind either.
Third in Metro: Devils – 65 points with 57 games played
Second wildcard: Islanders – 64 points, 54 GP
First spot outside the East playoffs: Penguins – 63 points, 54 GP
So, the Devils’ hold of a playoff spot is a bit tenuous, yet the bottom line is that they’re staying in the mix.
The Kings, meanwhile, remain comfortably in first in the Pacific.
The Boston Bruins (without Patrice Bergeron) take on the Detroit Red Wings (missing Jonathan Ericsson) on Sunday afternoon.
It’s a matchup between the second-ranked and third-ranked teams in the Atlantic Division, with little separating the two in the standings.
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