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.
Are you getting upset seeing teams go all out to block shots in the playoffs and help keep scoring down? Joe Haggerty would like it if you stopped crying about guys doing their best to help win the Stanley Cup. (CSNNE.com)
Bruce Garrioch says the Coyotes are done like dinner. Who knew the Kings were good at playing the part of roadrunners? (Ottawa Sun)
Hope you didn’t want to hear Martin Brodeur’s wit and wisdom on game days. He won’t be talking to the media then. (Fire & Ice)
Bet you didn’t know former Steelers coach Bill Cowher is a hockey fan. Bet you really didn’t know his son-in-law is Kings tough guy Kevin Westgarth. (NHL.com)
The Sharks might not fire Todd McLellan, but they might be giving him a new assistant coach. Candidates? How about Bryan Marchment or Mike Ricci. Yikes! (CSNBayArea.com)
Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk is having a whale of a time at Worlds. (News & Observer)
Mike Knuble is feeling good and wants to keep playing. Well he was well rested during the year… (Capitals Insider)
The London Knights are really happy to have Dale Hunter back in town in time for the Memorial Cup. (TSN)
Yup, people are mad at David Booth for hunting bears. (Calgary Sun)
In a stunning turn of events, Chicago columnist David Haugh thinks trading Patrick Kane would be a bad idea. (Chicago Tribune)
Count the Lightning and Steve Yzerman in the hunt for Swiss forward Damien Brunner. (Lightning Strikes)
Finally, Niklas Kronwall is still doing what he does best at Worlds: Laying monster hits. (YouTube)
Goalie nods: Prized Jets prospect Hellebuyck makes NHL debut
The future of Winnipeg’s goaltending will be on display tonight in Minnesota.
Connor Hellebuyck, the highly-touted prospect that starred for Team USA at the 2015 World Hockey Championships, will make his NHL debut today when the Jets take on the Wild at Xcel.
Hellebuyck is up with the Jets following an injury to No. 1 (or, “No. 1”) netminder Ondrej Pavelec, who’s out until January with a lower-body injury. An AHL All-Star a year ago, Hellebuyck arrived in Winnipeg with great fanfare and it’ll be interesting to see how he responds to the hype and pressure that come along with his first-ever big league start.
For the first time since Nov. 5, Zach Parise will suit up for the Minnesota Wild.
The team confirmed today that Parise will be in the lineup tonight at home versus Winnipeg. The 31-year-old forward has missed the last eight contests with a sprained MCL.
The Wild were 7-2-2 before Parise got hurt. They lost the game against Nashville in which he suffered the injury, then went 4-3-1 without him.
“I’m just hoping to get back to form as quick as possible and go from there,” Parise told the Star Tribune. “I’m not thinking I need to score right out of the gate, I just want to play. … We’re still right in the hunt for everything. We’ll be fine.”
After ’embarrassing’ loss to Sens, Stars motivated for Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks will face a pretty motivated Dallas Stars team tonight at American Airlines Center.
Blame the Ottawa Senators. They were the ones who smoked the Stars, 7-4, on Tuesday.
“It brings you back down to earth,” captain Jamie Benntold the Stars’ website. “You learn that any team can come in here and whip your butt. It was embarrassing for us, especially in our home rink and in front of our home fans. We don’t want that to happen again.”
The Stars have had their way with the Canucks in recent years. The last time Vancouver won in Dallas was Feb. 21, 2013. Since then, victories have included scorelines like 5-1, 4-1, 6-1, and 6-3.
Well, Matt Beleskey sure made his presence felt in the Thanksgiving Showdown.
With the Rangers leading the Bruins 2-1 midway through the second period, Beleskey delivered a huge hit on Rangers forward Derek Stepan, then had to answer the bell as he was immediately confronted by towering Blueshirts d-man Dylan McIlrath.
Needless to say, it had a pretty profound effect on the game.
McIlrath got the instigator penalty for the fight, which sent the B’s to the power play. Not long after, Brett Connolly scored his fifth of the year to even the score at 2-2.