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PHT Morning Skate: Life after Teemu

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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.

Martin St. Louis wore a visor for the first time in his NHL career on Thursday night, but that’s not the big news. Sadly, the Tampa Bay Lightning believe the blurred vision he’s experiencing in his left eye might just be permanent. (St. Petersburg Times.)

Pierre LeBrun provides a collection of possibilities if the old trading cat is out of the bag. (ESPN)

Interesting stuff from The Contrarian Goaltender: how both team and individual effort might have affected Grant Fuhr’s stats in the Edmonton Oilers’ heyday. (Brodeur is a Fraud)

The Calgary Flames react to the addition/return of Michael Cammalleri and the loss of Rene Bourque. (Calgary Herald)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are falling fast and are far from healthy. With six goals scored during their six-game losing streak, the burden to close the door falls to Marc-Andre Fleury. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

On pace for a career-low 18 goals, Patrick Kane hopes to regain that “elusive scoring magic.” (Chicago Tribune)

Joe Haggerty wonders if the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry has lost “its snap,, crackle and pop.” Hopefully you already had breakfast this morning. (

Looking at what life might look like for the Anaheim Ducks once the sad day comes when Teemu Selanne decides to retire. (OC Register)

Mike Heika reports that there’s some concern that a suspension might follow Brenden Morrow’s hit on Anze Kopitar. (Dallas Morning News)

Ken Hitchcock was pleased with what he saw on Thursday even though the Vancouver Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues in overtime last night. (Jeremy Rutherford)

Jason Arnott scored both of the Blues’ goals, including this odd tally against Roberto Luongo & Co.

Hey look: Flyers reel off three straight wins for first time in 2015-16

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When you’re talking about bright sides, most people believe that they boil down to the light at the end of the tunnel for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a little success in the present while waiting for that bright future, though.

The Flyers are providing at least a burst of sunshine lately, as Tuesday’s 4-2 win against the Ottawa Senators gives them … (drum roll) their first three-game winning streak of this season.

Joy abounded.

Even in recent darker moments, Philly’s been pretty impressive on offense, so Flyers fans are likely relieved to see a relative offensive outburst.

Sure, it wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns – Radko Gudas might have gotten himself into some trouble, for instance – yet this is still a nice sign of life for a team expected to finish in the draft lottery.

If that fails … hey, the future may require shades.

This own-goal captures the start of Dougie Hamilton’s Flames career

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Here’s an understatement: things haven’t gone very well for Dougie Hamilton early in his first season with the Calgary Flames.

(It must feel like the opposite of Tyler Seguin in Dallas for Boston Bruins fans, but feel free to disagree in the comments.)

You could look at Hamilton’s meager offensive stats and break down his disappointing work through a very of “fancy” and traditional metrics …

… Or you could just fire up a projector and show this own-goal on a loop.

Senators lose Michalek, Zibanejad to injuries vs. Flyers

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It remains to be seen if the Ottawa Senators can avoid losing against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, but either way, it’s been a costly night.

The Senators saw two forwards leave the game with injuries, as Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad were banged up on Tuesday.

Michalek may have gotten hurt blocking a shot while a Radko Gudas hit on Zibanejad left the Senators forward with an upper-body injury.

Gudas may get a call from the league for his infractions.

Patrick Kane gets so much time, extends streak to 20 games


In hockey terms, Patrick Kane was like a star basketball player left alone for an almost strange amount of time to score. Sometimes you miss that opportunity out of the sheer shock of getting that much time and space.

Devan Dubnyk wasn’t so lucky, however, as Kane beat him to score a 1-1 goal.

You can watch the whole sequence in the video above, including an absolutely fantastic play by Duncan Keith.

With that tally, Kane’s scoring streak is now at 20 games, leaving him one game behind Bobby Hull’s Chicago Blackhawks record.

PHT discusses Kane’s streak and his place among the all-time great runs in the clip below.