Mark Chipman

PHT Morning Skate: Where the Jets owner is part psychic

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.

Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman played the part of psychic telling former Jets star (Jets version 1.0 that is) Randy Carlyle that he would wind up being coach of the Maple Leafs… Five years ago. (Toronto Sun)

Chicago is putting Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith back together as a defensive pairing? Somebody cue up “Reunited” by Wu-Tang Clan for these guys. No way were we going with Peaches & Herb, man. (

Robin Lehner’s run filling in in goal for Ottawa was nice and all, but now it’s 6’7″ Ben Bishop’s turn to take over. (Ottawa Sun)

Shootout superstar Linus Omark would still very much like to stick in Edmonton this time around. Where would you rather spend your days: Edmonton or Oklahoma City. See, tough decision. (Edmonton Sun)

Ian Cole is about to get another shot of action in St. Louis. (Post-Dispatch)

Jonathan Toews’ latest off-ice workout has Joel Quenneville feeling positive about his progress. (

Joe Thornton called Monday’s long practice an “important” one for the team as they fight for the playoffs. (

Finally, check out Bobby Ryan’s high-flying breakaway goal. On the play, Teemu Selanne’s assist tied him with Jari Kurri for most points by a Finnish player in the NHL. Awesome all around. (NHL)

Columbus collapse: Rangers spoil Blue Jackets’ opener

Jarret Stoll, Mats Zuccarello
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For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.

The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.

They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.

It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.

Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)

Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.

This post will be updated if there’s video of that staggering sequence.

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Here’s video of Abdelkader’s hat trick: