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PHT Morning Skate: Detroit has a backup goalie battle

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.

Chances are the Red Wings weren’t hoping for a battle between Ty Conklin and Joey MacDonald but that’s what they’ve got now. (Detroit Free Press)

Guy Boucher thinks that Victor Hedman was a “monster” in his first game back from injury. Somewhere Pierre McGuire nods silently in agreement. (Tampa Tribune)

After everything Joffrey Lupul has been through, calling him a “savvy veteran” is an apt description. (TSN)

The investigation over the clock issues at Staples Center are going to be put on hold for the… Grammys? Maybe Lady Gaga has all the answers. (Calgary Sun)

Dmitry Orlov can’t help stopping pucks with his face, something that’s happened in two straight games. (Capitals Insider)

Speaking of guys getting hit in the face, Travis Hamonic is looking like he’ll miss a couple weeks because of a shot in the face. (Islanders Point Blank)

Tyler Myers is playing a lot better of late. (Buffalo News)

The Blues might be playing great, but they’ve got a losing record against their Central Division rivals. (Post-Dispatch)

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?