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.
Know how the Red Wings had that record-long home winning streak? They’d like to just string a couple together on the road where they’re 16-18-1 away from Joe Louis Arena. With how tight things are in the West, they might have to start on the road in the playoffs. (Detroit Free Press)
Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues set a team record for wins at home in their win over Columbus with 29 victories at Scottrade Center. If the season ended today, they’d have home ice throughout the playoffs. (Post-Dispatch)
Speaking of using home ice to your advantage, that’s what the Panthers would like to do that very much. (Sun-Sentinel)
Bruce Boudreau wasn’t exactly happy with Dallas’ Stephane Robidas for his hit on Corey Perry after the Ducks’ loss to the Stars. (Dallas Morning News)
Andrei Markov on playing his first game in 17 months last night: “I’m like… happy, you know?” Nice. (Montreal Gazette)
Tuukka Rask is trying to keep his head up while he’s on the shelf with a lower-body injury. (CSNNE.com)
Video fun-time: Claude Giroux’s shootout-winning goal came on a move he’s calling “The Datsyuk.” (CSNPhilly.com)
After getting dehydrated badly in his last start, Tampa Bay’s Dustin Tokarski is finding a better pregame routine. (Tampa Tribune)
The Kings would like to just salvage their latest road trip. Good luck doing that in Chicago tonight. (L.A. Kings Insider)
It’s that time of year where teams sign college free agents. The Predators got a tough one in Jack McLellan from Brown University. (Predators)
Finally, take a look at the wicked hit to the head for potential 2012 No. 1 overall pick Nail Yakupov took last night during his junior game. The hit came courtesy of recently signed Islanders prospect Mike Halmo. (YouTube)
Tough blow for Panthers, who rule out Yandle (lower body) ‘for a while’
Just weeks removed from the controversial firing of head coach Gerard Gallant — and having sputtered to a 1-1-2 record under new bench boss Tom Rowe — the Panthers got more bad news on Tuesday, as Rowe ruled out d-man Keith Yandle “for a while,” after Yandle suffered a lower-body injury in Boston on Monday night (per ESPN).
Yandle, the prized piece of an offseason blueline rebuild, has played a significant role for the Panthers this year.
He sits second on the team in ice time — trailing only Aaron Ekblad — and his offensive production has been vital. The 30-year-old sits second on the team in assists, with 11, and is the top point-getter among Florida’s defensemen.
By missing tonight’s game in Philly, Yandle also loses out on a personal milestone.
With Yandle out, Florida could bring Dylan McIlrath into the blueline mix. He’s only appeared in one game for the Panthers since being acquired from the Rangers — a 6-1 loss to Toronto back in mid-November.
And the Yandle injury isn’t the only one Florida’s currently dealing with. Jonathan Marchessault missed the B’s game with a lower-body ailment, and d-man Alex Petrovic is out after undergoing ankle surgery. The Panthers, of course, are also without star forward Jonathan Huberdeau, who hasn’t played at all this year due to a lacerated Achilles.
Curtis Lazar out indefinitely after being hit by Pens’ Dumoulin
With Corey Crawford now on the shelf, the ‘Hawks will turn to Scott Darling as their starter. But new backup goalie Lars Johansson is a bit of an unknown. This is the 29-year-old’s first year in North America and he could get his first taste of NHL action. “If something were to happen (to Darling), absolutely I would be nervous, as excited for any new thing in my career,” Johansson said. (Chicago Tribune)
–Paul Maurice had some interesting comments about his former goalies Vesa Toskala and Andrew Raycroft. Maurice said that those goalies didn’t give him a very good shot to win in the shootout. (Sportsnet)
–How has the goalie position changed over the years? The Hockey News sat down with current and former NHL goalies, as well as some goalie coaches. “If I still played the way I did back in the day, I wouldn’t be in the NHL anymore. You have to evolve with the time and the position and the new techniques that come out every year,” said Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo. (The Hockey News)
–The New York Post looks back at former Rangers captain Vic Hadfield’s famous smile at the Spectrum in 1974. Hadfield explained that he wasn’t actually happy at the time because his team was on the verge of being eliminated by the Philadelphia Flyers. (NY Post)
–Tyler Murovich of the Atlanta Gladiators (ECHL) was suspended 12 games for this reckless hit on Anthony Calabrese of the Norfolk Admirals. (Yahoo)
–This youth hockey player had an emotional celebration after he scored during the intermission of the Caps game on Monday: