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PHT Morning Skate: Where it’s so good to have the NHL back


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.

If you thought previous iterations of the Morning Skate were thin on stories… They were. Such is life during a lockout. Welcome to what life is normally like here every morning.

What’s causing a possible season starting date from being announced? Logistics. (USA Today)

Here’s your comprehensive breakdown of the new CBA and what the future might bring under it. (Globe And Mail)

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is ready and rearing to go. (Red Wings Front)

Alex Ovechkin will be back in Washington early this week. So much for staying in Russia, eh? (Washington Post)

Blue Jackets players are excited to get to training camp. (Columbus Dispatch)

Bob Hartley is excited to finally coach the Calgary Flames. He does know what team he’s got, right? (Globe And Mail)

Martin Brodeur is happy to have this latest work stoppage over with. (Fire & Ice)

Consider Winnipeg’s Mark Stuart excited to leave the ECHL to get back to NHL action. (Winnipeg Sun)

Boston’s Jordan Caron is hurt. Hello training camp competition! (CSNNE.com)

Ottawa is already trying to win the fans back. (Senators Extra)

Scot Beckenbaugh is the hero of the lockout and he’s just a federal mediator. (Globe And Mail)

Jamal Mayers is excited for the end of the lockout. (CSNChicago.com)

Welcome back to all the Roberto Luongo to Toronto rumors. (Toronto Sun)

Chris Neil gets why fans are grumpy. (Sportsnet)

Patrick Kane gets so much time, extends streak to 20 games

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In hockey terms, Patrick Kane was like a star basketball player left alone for an almost strange amount of time to score. Sometimes you miss that opportunity out of the sheer shock of getting that much time and space.

Devan Dubnyk wasn’t so lucky, however, as Kane beat him to score a 1-1 goal.

You can watch the whole sequence in the video above, including an absolutely fantastic play by Duncan Keith.

With that tally, Kane’s scoring streak is now at 20 games, leaving him one game behind Bobby Hull’s Chicago Blackhawks record.

PHT discusses Kane’s streak and his place among the all-time great runs in the clip below.

Video: Pekka Rinne’s zero-margin-of-error stick save

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Sometimes, the Nashville Predators were unlucky in November. Sometimes they were just bad.

Either way, they’re likely glad to step into December, and they’ve already gotten a big bounce. Watch how close this near-goal was into crossing the red line before Pekka Rinne barely stopped it with a well-placed goalie stick.

You can also see it up close via this GIF:

Here’s the NHL Situation Room Blog explanation for it remaining a no-goal:

At 13:06 of the first period in the Coyotes/Predators game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play from 11:57. Video review confirmed the call on the ice that the puck did not cross the Nashville goal line. No goal Coyotes.

Alexei Emelin was ejected for this hit on Matt Calvert


Alexei Emelin has been in and out of the Montreal Canadiens lineup, but this wasn’t the way they wanted him to keep his legs fresh.

The hard-hitting defenseman received a game misconduct and five-minute major penalty for a late hit on Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert on Tuesday.

So far, it sounds like Calvert may be OK.

You can see video of that hit above, as well as a GIF of the infraction via My Regular Face.

Many believe that Emelin should not have been ejected.

Injuries continue to dog Lupul as Leafs place him on IR

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Injuries have been a regular problem for Joffrey Lupul for much of his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it doesn’t look like that’s changing in 2015-16.

The team placed him on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 28, calling up Rich Clune in the process.

This IR stint means that Lupul will miss at least three games for Toronto.

From the sound of things, it’s a nagging issue, as NHL.com notes.

“He’s been having the same problem here for a bit,” Mike Babcock told media members on Sunday. “He doesn’t seem to be getting the power back that they thought, so we’re just trying to monitor it the best we can.”

Leafs Nation points out that Lupul has missed about one-third of Toronto’s contests since suffering a separated shoulder in April 2012.

At 32, there’s still time for Lupul to fight through this, although injuries generally accumulate with age.