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.
Given that Brian Burke’s fourth year anniversary as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs recently passed, you can bet there were plenty of articles about his controversial tenure with the club to date. The Toronto Star’s Damien Cox and Sportsnet’s Mark Spector and Ryan Dixon each had their own take on the job he’s done so far.
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is hoping the U.S. Small Business Administration will aide companies in and around the Arena District that have been hurt by the lockout. (Columbus Dispatch)
Sven Baertschi said he didn’t get special treatment when he was a member of the WHL Portland Winterhawks. The team was recently handed a massive punishment for a “series of player benefit violations which have occurred over the past four seasons.” (Calgary Sun)
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is keeping busy with charity work. (Detroit News)
Top-tier prospect Seth Jones talks about why he got into hockey when his Dad, Popeye Jones, was a power forward in the NBA. (Toronto Sun)
If the NHL and union don’t agree on a new CBA soon, then Canada could have a loaded roster for the Spengler Cup. (Ottawa Sun)
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.