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.
Kris Versteeg told George Richards that Tomas Fleischmann played with a broken hand. I guess that’s nothing after dealing with life-threatening blood clots, though, right? Hockey players are tough. (George Richards)
CSN Washington provides an early look at the intriguing Rangers-Capitals series. (CSNWashington.com)
Peter DeBoer didn’t seem too shaken up about the New Jersey Devils’ difficulties holding onto leads. (Fire & Ice)
New York Rangers fans mocked Daniel Alfredsson at the 11:11 mark of the first period last night, trolling Ottawa Senators devotees in the process. (Puck Daddy)
With the Senators’ departure from the playoffs, Canadian NHL teams are already out of the playoff mix. Obviously every squad is teeming with Canadians, though, so the CBC helps patriotic types figure out who to root for. (CBC)
Coyotes GM Don Maloney believes that Phoenix and Nashville represent “mirror images” of each other. No word on if that image is of a person yawning. (AZ Central)
Would you rather have some time off between series or jump right back into the fray? Danny Briere leans toward the former – so he must be happy about the Philadelphia Flyers’ freshness advantage against the New Jersey Devils. (CSNPhilly.com)
The Predators need both Kostitsyns to kick in. (NHL.com)
David Backes is growing into his role as captain. (STLToday.com)
Marner’s brilliant passing powers uplifting night for Leafs
Devan Dubnyk already showed signs of having a hot start to 2016-17, but Thursday made that point abundantly clear.
For the second straight game, Dubnyk generated a shutout, with the Minnesota Wild beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 in this instance.
It’s not as if Dubnyk is just leisurely turning aside the occasional chance, either; he made 38 saves to blank Buffalo and needed to stop 65 shots on goal considering the 27 he turned aside in a 5-0 win vs. Boston.
There are plenty of differences between Alex Ovechkin and Patrik Laine, including obvious things like one being from Russia and the other from Finland.
Still, there are moments when Laine inspires comparisons to his idol, even this early in his rookie season.
Thursday presented one of those moments. It wasn’t just that Laine fired a 3-0 goal home for the Winnipeg Jets against the Dallas Stars with such moxie; it was also that he showed some swagger with a celebration afterward.
This GIF captures the moment brilliantly, while you can also watch the goal in video form.
Early this season, Dmitry Orlov delighted onlookers and angered Matt Duchene with a mind-blowing, throwback hip check. People really seemed to enjoy it.
While you’d struggle to top that hit, Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier must have sensed the void in checks that almost seem to flip opponents, doing so against Anthony Duclair during Thursday’s contest.
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Want another look at the Orlov one for comparison’s sake or to chuckle in disbelief? Why not: