Philadelphia Flyers v New Jersey Devils - Game Four

PHT Morning Skate: Where goalies know when to make the save

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.

The New Jersey Devils are 4-1 at home in the playoffs this year, so they’re hoping their great work at the Prudential Center continues against the New York Rangers. (Fire & Ice)

The Contrarian Goaltender wonders if there’s any sense to the idea that goalies “know when to make a save” or if they have no real control over those sorts of things. I tend to agree because, really, when would a netminder ever want to allow a goal? (Brodeur is a Fraud)

Lyle Richardson gives his postmortem on the Florida Panthers’ 2011-12 season. (The Hockey News)

The Brent Sutter to Edmonton Oilers rumors are peaking right now. (Calgary Sun)

How Brent’s brother Darryl Sutter is playing to the Los Angeles Kings’ strengths, including Dwight King. (The Los Angeles Times)

Speaking of those strengths, breaks down how the Kings’ forecheck is grinding down the Coyotes. (

Phoenix was better in Game 3, but not good enough, according to Corey Masisak. (

Don’t fault Toronto Maple Leafs fans for getting excited about the AHL’s Marlies wins over the Oklahoma City Barons – the Oilers’ minor league affiliates. (Pension Plan Puppets)

Taking a look at the Philadelphia Flyers’ defense going forward. (

This own-goal captures the start of Dougie Hamilton’s Flames career

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Here’s an understatement: things haven’t gone very well for Dougie Hamilton early in his first season with the Calgary Flames.

(It must feel like the opposite of Tyler Seguin in Dallas for Boston Bruins fans, but feel free to disagree in the comments.)

You could look at Hamilton’s meager offensive stats and break down his disappointing work through a very of “fancy” and traditional metrics …

… Or you could just fire up a projector and show this own-goal on a loop.

Senators lose Michalek, Zibanejad to injuries vs. Flyers

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It remains to be seen if the Ottawa Senators can avoid losing against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, but either way, it’s been a costly night.

The Senators saw two forwards leave the game with injuries, as Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad were banged up on Tuesday.

Michalek may have gotten hurt blocking a shot while a Radko Gudas hit on Zibanejad left the Senators forward with an upper-body injury.

Gudas may get a call from the league for his infractions.

Patrick Kane gets so much time, extends streak to 20 games


In hockey terms, Patrick Kane was like a star basketball player left alone for an almost strange amount of time to score. Sometimes you miss that opportunity out of the sheer shock of getting that much time and space.

Devan Dubnyk wasn’t so lucky, however, as Kane beat him to score a 1-1 goal.

You can watch the whole sequence in the video above, including an absolutely fantastic play by Duncan Keith.

With that tally, Kane’s scoring streak is now at 20 games, leaving him one game behind Bobby Hull’s Chicago Blackhawks record.

PHT discusses Kane’s streak and his place among the all-time great runs in the clip below.

Video: Pekka Rinne’s zero-margin-of-error stick save

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Sometimes, the Nashville Predators were unlucky in November. Sometimes they were just bad.

Either way, they’re likely glad to step into December, and they’ve already gotten a big bounce. Watch how close this near-goal was into crossing the red line before Pekka Rinne barely stopped it with a well-placed goalie stick.

You can also see it up close via this GIF:

Here’s the NHL Situation Room Blog explanation for it remaining a no-goal:

At 13:06 of the first period in the Coyotes/Predators game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play from 11:57. Video review confirmed the call on the ice that the puck did not cross the Nashville goal line. No goal Coyotes.