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PHT Morning Skate: Where the Flying V isn’t just wonderful Disney fiction


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.

From the “ohmygodohmygod” files: Neate Sager of Buzzing the Net details how junior hockey team the Victoriaville Tigers turned to the “Flying V” for inspiration. Unfortunately, it did not lead them to victory so it probably will be best left to our goofy Emilio Estevez movie memories. Bummer. (Buzzing the Net)

It only makes sense that the New York Islanders – a team run by a former goalie turned GM wasting money on an injury prone goalie – is once again dealing with a weird situation in net. In this case, John Grahame looks to help out while Evgeni Nabokov is on the mend. The best part is that if the experiment fails, the Islanders actually win – with better draft odds. (Newsday)

Mike Chambers captures Colorado Avalanche players’ reactions to head coach Joe Sacco receiving a contract extension. (Denver Post)

Not enough Avalanche fun? Chambers also furthers the Gabriel Landeskog for Calder Trophy argument. (Denver Post)

Quick shmwick, Darryl Sutter is still a big fan of Miikka Kiprusoff. It’s unclear if he’s just trying to push the talented Los Angeles Kings netminder (and single season shutout record leader) or if he’s serious about there being “no comparison.” You decide. (Calgary Herald)

I’m not going to lie; I think the New Jersey Devils would benefit in the future on the ice – though probably not in the box office – by cutting ties with a goalie they cannot judge objectively in Martin Brodeur. If you ask Peter DeBoer, the “Brodeur plan” has worked, though. (Fire & Ice)

Jose Theodore must find somehow, some way, to contain his emotions as he returns to Minnesota as the Florida Panthers’ starter after one season as the Wild’s backup. Expect at least a 15 minute video tribute, mixed emotions and definitely no sarcasm. (On Frozen Pond)

Ilya Bryzgalov isn’t the only expensive Philadelphia Flyers goalie. Apparently Sergei Bobrovsky could cost the team a healthy fine if he doesn’t speak with the media soon. (

Erik Cole seems optimistic about the Montreal Canadiens’ future. Click on the link to find out if there were any details about him keeping a straight face. (Montreal Gazette)

Oh, Vancouver. Sure, the Canucks managed to win, but Tony Gallagher demands entertainment and victory. (Vancouver Province)

Tomas Vokoun wants “the ball” as the Washington Capitals enter the stretch run. By “the ball” he means “to play,” by the way. Unless he really likes pre-game soccer rituals or something … (

Fight Video: Schenn, Chychrun drop the gloves as Coyotes score

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Brayden Schenn had a big game in Thursday’s 5-4 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

He scored a goal and had two assists in the defeat, but he also dropped the gloves with rookie Jakob Chychrun.

As you can tell by the video at the top of the page, Chychrun went after Schenn because the Flyers forward flattened Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone (Chychrun got two additional minutes for instigating and a 10-minute misconduct).

The fight occurred just as Martin Hanzal scored to the go-ahead goal in the game.

The officials reviewed it to see if it would stand or not (ultimately it did).

The momentum swung Arizona’s way after that, as they scored 1:39 later to extend their lead to 4-2.

PHT Morning Skate: Scheifele and Seguin play rock, paper, scissors after pregame warmup

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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.

–How do you decide who gets to be the last player off the ice after warmups? Play rock, paper, scissors of course! (Top)

Connor McDavid has the city of Edmonton buzzing again. (The New York Times)

–The fight against Alzheimer’s means a lot to Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. (Sports Illustrated)

–Justin Bieber played hockey with a pro team in the UK and pulled off a serious celebration. (BarDown)

–Would Wayne Gretzky have set all those records if he was playing in today’s NHL? Mike Brophy weighs in. (

–Six forgotten players that are off to fast starts in 2016-17. (USA Today)

Kings win ugly with Budaj, making things even uglier for Predators

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31:  Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings reacts to the overtime goal of Jeff Carter #77 to beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 at Staples Center on October 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

How would you describe the Nashville Predators’ Stanley Cup bandwagon at the moment? A few flat tires? One of those abandoned school buses at a dump?

An unlikely occurrence – Peter Budaj winning four straight games for the Los Angeles Kings, all in overtime, all seriously in 2016 – puts a spotlight on an unsightly start for Nashville following a 3-2 OT decision.

In other words, it was another night where the Predators (early or not) didn’t look the part of Stanley Cup contenders.

Pekka Rinne has often been the scapegoat for Nashville’s losses, and his recent numbers justify some of the criticisms. Thursday doesn’t fall into that pattern, however. Instead, the Predators wasted a strong performance from their $7 million man, who stopped 42 out of 45 shots.

Budaj? He only needed to make 24 out of 26 stops to keep his unexpected winning streak going.

For the Kings and Predators, very different patterns continued on Thursday night.

Los Angeles has people wondering “How long can they win with Budaj?” and “Is there a team that can finally hog the puck against the Kings enough to expose him?” Don’t blame Kings fans who never want this strange sequence to end.

Nashville devotees, on the other hand, must wonder if they’re stuck in some sort of sick nightmare.

They’ve been a chic pick to win it all, yet they’re now at 2-4-1 with three away contests remaining on a challenging five-game road trip.

It’s early, but the headaches just keep multiplying for the Preds.

Mrazek comes up big as Red Wings win sixth in a row

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 21: Petr Mrazek #34 of the Detroit Red Wings looks on in the first period while playing the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena on October 21, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Are the Detroit Red Wings for real or are they headed toward a humbling regression? We might have to wait until their goalies look human before that question can really be answered.

For yet another game, Detroit’s netminder was outstanding, with Petr Mrazek helping the Red Wings beat the St. Louis 2-1 via a shootout (and a pretty stressful shootout in that).

It took eight rounds until Henrik Zetterberg managed Detroit’s second and decisive tally of the “skills competition,” and now Detroit is on a six-game winning streak.

Mrazek made 31 out of 32 games through overtime and was only beaten by Alex Steen in that shootout, stopping seven of eight attempts. He’s faced more than 30 shots on goal in all six of his appearances in 2016-17.

It is not as if there has been a big drop-off when Jimmy Howard has taken the net, either. Howard has only given up one goal in his two games, winning both of them.

Are the Red Wings asking a lot of Mrazek and Howard? Yep. Just take a look a this lopsided possession chart from Natural Stat Trick for another reminder.


You can see why skeptics murmur about this six-game winning streak being fool’s gold, but the Red Wings keep finding a way to win. Usually, it’s their goalies who have been doing the heavy lifting.