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.
Donald Fehr made it very apparent if there’s labor trouble this summer and a lockout occurs, the fault for that is on the owners. Shots fired? (Sportsnet)
Jonathan Toews says he’s fully over his concussion. That’s great news to hear. (Chicago Tribune)
Looks like Francis Bouillon is not in the Predators’ offseason plans. (Tennessean)
And Peter Mueller’s days in Colorado are numbered as Adrian Dater gives his final thoughts on the move. (All Things Avs)
How would Rick Nash make sense in Ottawa? If Daniel Alfredsson hung it up. (Senators Extra)
Rick Tocchet thinks Adam Oates would make for a great coach in Washington. (CSNWashington.com)
Wayne Gretzky was awarded the Order of Canada last night. (Sportsnet)
The Rangers’ development camp is already underway with many of their prospects are rolling. (Ranger Rants)
It’s time for the Jets to start working on a new deal for Evander Kane. (Winnipeg Sun)
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.
Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.
The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.
To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).
Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:
Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):
McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: