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PHT Morning Skate: Where we wonder if the Predators can score

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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.

Allan Muir discusses what he calls a “shell game” going on with the NHL owners. (Sports Illustrated)

The latest entry in Mike Heika’s look at how he thinks the NHLPA is looking at the CBA negotiations. (Dallas Morning News)

Arpon Basu ranks Tuukka Rask’s first season as an established No. 1 starter as the Boston Bruins’ most important question going into 2012-13. (

Tyler Dellow studies how forwards’ salaries changed when the lockout ended. (mc79hockey)

You may find the Hershey Bears’ new logo unveiling entertaining. Perhaps ironically. (Hershey Bears on Youtube)

The Hockey News already rolled out its standings predictions for next season. (THN)

Dirk Hoag wonders if the Nashville Predators will be able to produce enough offense. (On the Forecheck)

Would the NHL’s current proposal hurt big-market teams? (

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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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.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


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: