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PHT Morning Skate: Trade speculation brewing in Tampa Bay


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.

Evan Oberg’s recall to Tampa Bay while they’ve got a healthy full house of defensemen has people wondering if a deal is on the way. (Tampa Tribune)

Jimmy Howard could be back in the Detroit net by the weekend? At this point you might as well have a lottery to see what date he returns with all the different speculation. (Detroit Free Press)

Jordan Eberle’s season in Edmonton is highly impressive as he’s on a pace to score more than 30 goals. (Edmonton Journal)

Best story of the day: Max Pacioretty’s presence helped a youngster fresh out of a coma say his first words. (Montreal Gazette)

Apparently Evander Kane was hurt a lot longer ago than previously thought and played through a concussion. Uh oh. (Winnipeg Sun)

Did George Parros turn down a chance to be in the shootout against Calgary the other night? Funny story: Parros has won the Ducks’ most accurate shooter competition the last two years. (OC Register)

If Lindy Ruff can’t give it a go behind the bench tonight (broken ribs), James Patrick will take his spot. (Buffalo News)

Zach Parise was almost the goat for the Devils last night. Almost. (Star-Ledger)

Finally, check out the incredible save by Roberto Luongo in Vancouver’s win over Nashville. (NHL)

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal

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Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: