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, NHL.com breaks down how the Kings’ forecheck is grinding down the Coyotes. (NHL.com)
Phoenix was better in Game 3, but not good enough, according to Corey Masisak. (NHL.com)
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. (CSNPhilly.com)
GM says Blue Jackets are ‘off the rails’ right now
Apparently Blue Jackets management is a little shaken by the second 0-3-0 start in franchise history, however.
Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen shared his shock and dismay with the Columbus Post-Dispatch on Tuesday.
“I’m surprised how, in just five days, we’ve gone from a very confident group to something that’s the opposite of that,” Kekalainen told The Dispatch on Tuesday. “Our confidence, our game … it’s off the rails right now.
Maybe losing to the Buffalo Sabres stings a little bit extra?
Kekalainen said “there’s no excuse for how we played in Buffalo,” pointing out that every team in the NHL is a “good team.”
Indeed, just about every squad boasts some dangerous weapons if they catch an opponent sleeping.
The Post-Dispatch goes deeper on Columbus’ recent history of stumbling out of the gate, but consider the foreboding stretch coming up.
Next four games: Three out of four at home Eight games following that: Seven out of eight on the road.
As you can see, winter is coming for Columbus, so they best get things together. All things considered, this is the right time for a wake-up call.
For bonus chuckles, here’s a photo of Kekalainen on a railing.
He entered the building considerably later than usual, but his presence at least opened the door for the possibility of No. 8 suiting up against the San Jose Sharks.
Instead, the Capitals will face the hot-starting Sharks without Ovechkin (personal reasons) and Nicklas Backstrom (injury).
That’s a tall order, yet it’s also an opportunity for Barry Trotz to prove his system is a difference-maker … and that the Capitals have the young players to take up the mantle when the big stars are out
This is how Washington’s forward lines may look tonight:
With Ovechkin out, Caps lines look like this: