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.
The Leafs loss in Florida last night is just a drop in the bucket for how bad their second half of the season has been. (TSN)
When it comes to uphill climbs, the Ducks have about as big of one as any team on the fringe of the playoff discussion. They basically have to win out to have a chance. (OC Register)
The Blues aren’t sold yet, but both the team and the NHL are confident things will be done in weeks. (Post-Dispatch)
Bruins injury update: Adam McQuaid suffers a setback while Rich Peverley is back to skating. (CSNNE.com)
Because you needed another update on Alexander Radulov: The Predators feel “cautiously optimistic” that he’ll be able to rejoin them this season. (Tennessean)
Tampa Bay’s Bruno Gervais would really like to get back and help the Lightning push for the playoffs. No one tell Bruno that the Lightning traded for a thousand defensemen at the deadline. (Tampa Tribune)
Finally, everyone loves Jarome Iginla so check out his goal from last night that gave him 30 on the season, his 11th straight with 30 or more. (NHL)
Video: Rangers shut out red-hot Sidney Crosby and the Penguins
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.