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.
Being the guy who gets the call while Craig Anderson is out and being in the middle of a playoff race is hard enough, but Robin Lehner is eating it up. Shutting out the Bruins is mighty impressive. So why’d they go get Ben Bishop again? (Senators Extra)
It’s got to be frustrating to be Ilya Bryzgalov. He comes up huge against the Sharks last night, gives up just one goal and… Loses. Safe to say the Flyers offense was not humongous big. (CSNPhilly.com)
Meanwhile, Danny Briere was able to avoid injury after being put into the boards head first by Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The last thing the Flyers need is another injury. (CSNPhilly.com)
Andrei Kostitsyn only played 12 minutes in his first game with the Predators last night. Sign of trouble already? Hardly. Barry Trotz is just taking it easy on him joining a new system. (Tennessean)
Wondering why the Lightning are putting out some strange lineups lately? Sure, there are injuries but they’re also dealing with the stomach flu running through the locker room. Gnarly. (The Tampa Tribune)
Finally, check out Ryan Malone totally flipping out and losing his cool when dealing with Alexei Emelin of the Canadiens. Malone received five for fighting, two for instigating, a ten-minute misconduct and a game misconduct. Emelin, meanwhile, didn’t even receive a major for fighting. (Hockey Fights)
So, let’s assume that the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets will eventually play in the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field on Sunday.
Every indication is that Cam Talbot and Connor Hellebuyck shall get the nods for their respective teams. Most assume, with the firepower on hand, that this could be a high-scoring game.
Hellebuyck isn’t flustered about all the goals the Jets have allowed so far, as he told NHL.com.
“It’s not something you’re really worried about,” Hellebuyck said. “It’s early in the year, it happens to a lot of teams. If you look at the trends in the past 10 years, there’s always a lot of goals being scored at the beginning of the year.”
The Winnipeg Jets host the Edmonton Oilers at the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field this afternoon. You can watch it on NHL Network, Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2 or NHL.tv at 3 p.m. ET.
With that in mind, let’s get prepped with super-important stats about unhealthy food, interesting photos and fun facts.
Want to get an in-depth look at the rivalry between the Jets and the Oilers? NHL.com and Sportsnet both have some great retrospectives.
The CBC notes that there was rain ending in the morning but it’s expected to be cloudy. Overall, sounds like a nice climate for an outdoor hockey game. NHL.com’s Nick Cotsonika wonders if the sun’s glare might cause some issues.