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 growing tradition of “alumni” games will continue at the 2013 Winter Classic in Detroit, which means that Red Wings fans must debate the merits of jeering or cheering Sergei Fedorov. I wasn’t aware this conflict even existed, but George Malik provides both arguments. (Kukla’s Korner)
Cassie McClellan breaks down what a Seattle team would mean to – and where it would fit in – the NHL. (SBN Seattle)
Dallas Stars PA announcer Bill Oellermann’s deep voice will no longer remind fans that there’s one minute remaining in a given period. (Defending Big D)
Raw Charge’s John Fontana asks which Tampa Bay Lightning logo design was the best in the franchise’s 20 years of existence. My favorite one has a lightning bolt in it. (Raw Charge)
If Rey Mysterio Jr. was a huge hockey fan, he’d probably wear one of these beauties. (Puck Daddy)
Six big questions for the Buffalo Sabres next season. (NHL.com)
A look at the altered landscape of the Southeast Division via the Florida Panthers’ Web site. (Florida Panthers)
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.