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.
Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was busy hanging out at ScotiaBank Place wearing a hat that said “relax” on it as a message to Ottawa fans. It was either that or this 80s craze has getting out of control. (Senators Extra)
Thomas Vanek is a fighting man. Fighting through injuries that is. He seemed to do just fine scoring on the Wild last night. (Buffalo News)
Matt Halischuk is doing well for Nashville after dealing with being a healthy scratch. (Tennessean)
Meanwhile, Jordin Tootoo didn’t exactly care for being a scratch against Winnipeg saying it “pisses me off.” (Winnipeg Sun)
Having a wealth of riches on defense means it’s time for Ken Hitchcock to make adjustments he’s happy to be able to do. (Post-Dispatch)
Hey, the Ducks are back at full strength. Now it’s their time to make that playoff… Oh, right. Sorry. (OC Register)
The Blackhawks are in a totally different place now compared to the last time they played the Predators. (CSNChicago.com)
Jimmy’s gettin’ frustrated! Jimmy Howard that is over his nagging groin injury. (Detroit Free Press)
Here’s a hilarious image: Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand taking in the sights on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. What, Patrick Beverly (aka: Rich Peverley) wasn’t invited? (CSNNE.com)
Finally, here’s INCH with your recaps of Union College and Ferris State booking their first ever Frozen Four berths. Meanwhile, two classic games today between Boston College taking on Minnesota Duluth in the Northeast Regional and Minnesota against North Dakota in the West Regional to determine the rest of the field for the Frozen Four in Tampa.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.