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)
After Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Buffalo , here’s what coach Peter Laviolette told the Tennessean: “I thought we could’ve had more gas, to be honest with you. The energy just wasn’t there; maybe the second period had something to do with that or the road trip, which was a long trip. I’m not making any excuses, but I think when we play at a higher tempo that’s when we’re at our best, and we had more to push in that area tonight.”
The first game back home after a long road trip is typically a difficult one for most teams, so we’ll see how the Predators respond on Tuesday night when they host Arizona.
A month to remember: Duchene lighting it up in November
When a player’s struggling and rumors start swirling, one of two things tends to happen.
Either the player involved lets it affect his on-ice performance in a negative way or he’s motivated by the trade talk and turns his struggles around.
Instead of pouting, the 24-year-old rolled up his sleeves and got to work.
In October, Duchene scored a goal and an assist in 10 games, but things changed in a hurry when November rolled around.
The Avs forward has picked up at least one point in 11 of 13 games this month.
Duchene has 11 goals and nine assists in November and he still has a game to go before the calendar flips to December.
“Obviously, things completely flip-flopped,” Duchene told the Denver Post. “That’s the coldest start I’ve ever had and things are good right now. Obviously, I know it could go right back, I could go cold again, that’s just the nature of the game. You just have to work every day to keep it going. The most important thing is to be able to provide offense and help the team win.”
Now it was Julien’s turn to address the “issue” at hand.
Julien clarified his original comment about Lundqvist and he also tackled some of Vigneault’s comments.
“I think it’s pretty obvious what I said . . . I thought Lundqvist sold it,” said Julien. “Not for a second did I ever question Henrik Lundqvist as a person, or a goaltender or any of that. We all know how good he is as a goaltender, and I know he’s a good person. I’ve met him at the All-Star games and all that stuff.
Julien on his eyesight: “As far as my eyes, I’m not the one that compared Beleskey’s hit to Aaron Rome’s [hit]. We’ll just leave it at that.”