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.
Ondrej Pavelec has been outstanding this season. Just don’t tell him, he’s not comfortable with compliments. (Winnipeg Free Press)
Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Todd Leiweke — the former CEO of the Seattle Seahawks — says hockey could thrive in the Emerald City. “The NHL could absolutely work in Seattle. Anyone who counts anything out in sports in Seattle, shame on them.” (King5.com)
Dallas forward Steve Ott, who has been at the center of several trade rumors, on the prospect of being shipped out: “If we win, we can be right up there. If we go the other way, it puts us as sellers in an awful hurry. There’s a lot of pressure, and I wouldn’t want to be in Joe’s [Nieuwendyk] situation.” (Dallas Morning News)
Little late to the dance on this one, but Tampa Bay picked up Tim Wallace off waives from the Islanders on Thursday — the fourth consecutive game day Lightning GM Steve Yzerman made a roster move. (Tbo.com)
Daniel Briere has faith in Ilya Bryzgalov. Hey, at least someone in Philadelphia does. (Faceoff.com)
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.