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PHT Morning Skate: Where Anze Kopitar is ready and accounted for for the playoffs


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.

After having to miss the playoffs last year with injury, Anze Kopitar is ready to tackle the Canucks in the postseason one more time. (L.A. Times)

What’s the Devils motivation in the first round against Florida? Stand up for Peter DeBoer who was fired by the Panthers after last season. (Fire & Ice)

Mike Cammalleri sees Jarome Iginla as part of the future in Calgary. Perhaps he’s thinking of his first tour of duty with the team… (Calgary Sun)

The NHL draft lottery is tonight and the Islanders have their eyes on landing the No. 1 overall pick. (Islanders Point Blank)

The Ducks are going to have to get a lot more from Ryan Getzlaf next season if they’re going to make the playoffs. (OC Register)

The playoffs means that it’s time for everyone to start paying attention to Johan Franzen. (Detroit Free Press)

Is everything cool with Alexander Radulov? He’s gotten some time off ahead of the playoffs. Hmm… (Tennessean)

The Lightning are going through the stages of grief of missing the playoffs. First comes disappointment, next comes optimism for next season. (Tampa Tribune)

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

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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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.