Danny Briere

PHT Morning Skate: Where the Flyers hope Danny Briere can turn it around fast


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.

Danny Briere has struggled all season long. Can he break a season-long slump in time for the playoffs? The Flyers sure hope so. (CSNPhilly.com)

Hey everybody, the Flames are back in the playoff hunt again! (Globe And Mail)

Meanwhile, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post is ready to toss the dirt on Colorado’s season. (Denver Post)

Nashville is just one point away from clinching their spot in the postseason. (Tennessean)

Vincent Lecavalier really can’t wait to get back in the Lightning lineup, regardless of how they’re doing. (Tampa Tribune)

Dan Ellis is ready to play for Anaheim…. But it doesn’t even really matter anymore. (OC Register)

Ken Hitchcock’s life is hard. He’s got so many great options to use at forward now that everyone is healthy. Poor guy. (Post-Dispatch)

Guys might be struggling in Toronto under Randy Carlyle but at least Dave Steckel is doing all right. (TSN)

Finally, ever wonder what it’s like when a beat reporter gets to meet the person behind their parody Twitter account? Wonder no longer as CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio meets “@faketpanotch” in real life. (CSNPhilly.com)

Wild lose Graovac (groin) for 2-3 weeks

Tyler Graovac, Sam Reinhart,
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After making the Wild out of training camp, Tyler Graovac got some bad news on Tuesday — head coach Mike Yeo said Graovac would miss the next 2-3 weeks with a groin strain.

Graovac, 22, played just under 14 minutes in Minnesota’s crazy 5-4 comeback win over Colorado in the season-opener, but sat out Saturday’s win over St. Louis.

At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Graovac was a notable physical presence in the Wild lineup, and is an intriguing prospect — he impressed with AHL Iowa last year, scoring 21 goals and 46 points in 73 games.

Already without Eberle, the Oilers could also be missing Hall tonight

Taylor Hall

Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.

Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.

The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.

Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.