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PHT Morning Skate: Where Dale Hunter channels Knute Rockne

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.

Dale Hunter apparently breathed a little fire in the Washington Capitals locker room during the second intermission of an eventual come-from-behind OT win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Makes sense; he might want to channel the fear he often generated during his playing days – that tends to work for a good chunk of coaches. (The Associated Press)

Tanner Glass is loving the wild atmosphere in Winnipeg, which makes sense since the hockey-starved little burgh is going nuts about the NHL and the Jets are 21-10-4 at home. (The Province)

Mike Heika argues that last night’s win over the Sharks shows that the Dallas Stars are ready to rule the Pacific. (The Dallas Morning News)

Chase Hughes wonders if the Washington Capitals might actually build some momentum. Considering the rugged stretch up ahead – they better. (

Chicago Blackhawks legends Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita received an honor they almost certainly never dreamed of: being immortalized in a 42-minute IMAX film, which premiered on Tuesday. (

Whenever you gape at the fact that the likes of Martin St. Louis went undrafted, Katie Baker’s look at some NHL GM’s dismissive attitudes toward “Money Puck” makes it less shocking. Sure, it’s an inexact science, but I’d say it gets a lot tougher when you reject any science that exists outside of your gut. /ends nerdy tiff (Grantland)

Joe Haggerty believes that the Boston Bruins are headed back on the right track after stumbling in the dog days of the season. (

Brandon Manning debuted for the Philadelphia Flyers last night, which surely prompted at least a few bad Philadelphia Eagles-Peyton Manning jokes. (

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette’s practice facility selections carry the scent of Spygate-esque paranoia. (

Want some video whimsy? Enjoy Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli trying his hand at “ice fishing.”

Shorter off-seasons probably explain his difficulties; I bet Steve Tambellini has a perfect fishing flow.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?