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PHT Morning Skate: Bobby Orr is a big fan of Erik Karlsson

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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.

Bobby Orr says he likes Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson quite a bit for his offensive game. (Ottawa Sun)

The Philadelphia Flyers are vampires. That’s the reason why they stink in day games, right? (Broad Street Bull)

Jason Arnott gets a week off and it’s not for a vacation. (Post-Dispatch)

Are the Predators going to be kicking themselves at the end of the season for all their missed opportunities to catch and pass the Red Wings? (Tennessean)

Speaking of the Wings, you can add Darren Helm to their injured list. (Red Wings)

Martin St. Louis is Tampa Bay’s nominee for the Masterton Trophy. (Tampa Tribune)

Some of the Winnipeg Jets don’t care very much for how their crowd acts. Perhaps you’d like to go back to Atlanta then? (Globe And Mail)

Finally, your goal of the night came courtesy of… Colorado’s Matt Hunwick? You better believe it. (NHL)

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

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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: All that’s been announced about Silfverberg is that he’s under evaluation and will not return.