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.
Last season, T.J. Oshie was missing practice for unexplained reasons. This year, he’s eager to be the Blues’ shutdown guy at center. (Post-Dispatch)
The Capitals’ resiliency is a big reason why they see themselves in a Game 7 tonight against the defending Stanley Cup champions. (CSNWashington.com)
Unfortunately, the Caps record in Game 7’s isn’t exactly stellar.(CSNWashington.com)
Amalie Benjamin tells us about how language was no barrier for the Bruins. (Boston Globe)
Kings owner Tim Leiweke says Darryl Sutter is the coach the Kings “needed.” Considering they’re in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2003, that seems accurate. (Los Angeles Times)
Brad Stuart is an impending free agent and he might have to choose between family and staying in Detroit. Guess which one is probably going to win out? (Detroit Free Press)
Think your favorite San Jose Sharks player is safe in northern California because of a no-trade or no-movement clause? Think again, sucka, says Sharks GM Doug Wilson. I… May be paraphrasing there. (CSNBayArea.com)
You’re never going to believe this but the Sabres didn’t get the production they needed from everyone. I’ll give you a moment to process that. (Buffalo News)
Finally, your moment of zen: Teemu Selanne dressed up as Super Mario and trying to sell Nintendo games. I know what I’m dressing up for on Halloween next year. (Backhand Shelf)
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.