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.
Helene Elliott goes in-depth with the process of etching names onto the Stanley Cup. Luckily, the NHL doesn’t trust the job to a soulless machine; we all know that Terminator robots would hold the Cup hostage if that happened. (The Los Angeles Times)
The Columbus Blue Jackets were excited to brag about their (Ricky-Williams-type-trade-proof) 2012 first-rounder Ryan Murray’s strong start in a WHL game last night. Unfortunately, they might have jinxed the Everett Silvertips because they went from a 6-3 lead to losing 7-6 via a shootout. (CBJ feed/game recap)
Donald Fehr defends players’ choices to play overseas. (Puck Daddy)
Bruce Arthur is the latest to chime in on the NHL and NHLPA’s battle in the court of public opinion. (The National Post)
A four-part series on Manon Rheaume’s historic journey to play an NHL exhibition game. (Part I, II, III and IV)
Meanwhile Cassie McClellan takes a personal look at that moment. Was it just a cheap marketing ploy, a big moment for women’s hockey … or perhaps both? (Raw Charge)
Mike Modano believes he lost $7 million in the last lockout. Coincidentally, he didn’t think the lockout was worth it. (ESPN via Dallas Morning News)
It sounds like Patrick Kane is working on his skating during the offseason. (Chicago Tribune)
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
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.