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.
Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett ponders the idea of coaches getting NFL-inspired “challenges.” Click the link for the audio. (Coyotes)
Mikael Samuelsson might be getting things together as a Florida Panthers forward. It’s likely not just about that center ice goal, either. (On Frozen Pond)
Doug Weight is getting used to life as a retired NHL player. (NHL.com)
Dustin Byfuglien – aka “Buffy the Hamburger Slayer” – returned to the Winnipeg Jets lineup and helped them win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. (The Globe & Mail)
Mike Heika attempts to gauge how the Dallas Stars’ playoff outlook as changed after the past two games. (Dallas Morning News)
Mr. Plank covers the franchise records that the San Jose Sharks set by beating those Dallas Stars 6-2. (Fear the Fin)
On Frozen Blog’s Mike Rucki compares to the Washington Capitals to the 2002-03 version that survived quite a bit of injuries. You’re not going to believe this, but Jeff Halpern = Jeff Halpern. (On Frozen Blog)
NHL.com spotlights these players as potential trade deadline targets. (NHL.com)
Has Jean-Sebastien Giguere found some sort of time machine? He’s playing like the guy who prompted many people to give him a goofy Will Smith-inspired nickname. Check out his great save from Thursday’s narrow 1-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche:
Tuomo Ruutu isn’t exactly dampening his trade value with goals like these:
Saturday’s been unkind to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and not just on the scoreboard (where it’s 3-0 early on against the Ottawa Senators).
The Maple Leafs lost Tyler Bozak to an apparent upper-body injury thanks to a questionable hit by Sens forward Mika Zibanejad.
You can judge that check (which drew a minor penalty for illegal check to the head) in the video above. Again, Bozak will not return to tonight’s game.
It’s unclear if Bozak will miss time beyond this contest.
Scary stuff on Saturday: multiple reporters (including the Maine Hockey Journal’s Chris Roy) note that Malcolm Subban was taken to a hospital after a puck struck his throat during warm-ups.
There’s no word yet on Subban’s condition beyond that he was taken away in an ambulance.
The AHL’s Providence Bruins seem like they’ve been left scrambling for a backup goalie in Subban’s absence.
Subban stated days ago that he’s taken some significant steps forward during the 2015-16 season.
The Ottawa Senators cannot pin all of their troubles on missing their No. 1 center, yet it probably feels like a huge relief to get him back.
After missing six games with his latest injury, Kyle Turris is in the lineup as the Senators take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Again, it’s not all a matter of missing Turris, but the Senators went 1-5-0 during his six-game absence. They’ve really been falling since late December, to be honest.
Will Turris be enough to stop the bleeding? Perhaps to an extent, but the Senators are in for a serious battle if they hope to fight through the East bubble.
Times have been tough for Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers fans lately, even if they’ve been frustrating in different ways.
Saturday’s 5-1 Habs win highlights a few things, but the most tantalizing thought for those fans is that it’s likely that we’ll see more great things from P.K. Subban and Connor McDavid … sometimes against each other.
Perhaps this will be a confidence booster for Montreal. More than anything else, it directed attention to Subban, who’s quietly been absolutely fantastic for the floundering Canadiens.
Consider how much of an offensive burden he’s currently carrying:
From one current All-Star to someone who could be a perennial one: McDavid certainly seemed to grab Subban’s attention.
Then again, when you make moves like these, who won’t notice?
The Oilers did lose, mind you, so it’s not surprising that Todd McLellan mentioned that the team can’t depend upon McDavid for everything.
That said, the funny thing about that quote is that McDavid might just carry the Oilers for two decades, at least if health and other factors go the right way.
If that’s true, Subban vs. McDavid could be a fun matchup to watch a few times per season for a long, long time.