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.
Top prospect Vladimir Tarasenko impressed some of the St. Louis Blues players in his first informal skate. (Blues.nhl.com)
Restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto has been in talks with the New York Rangers since Tuesday and is hopeful the two sides can agree on a “fair deal” before training camp. (The Bergen Record)
Meanwhile, fellow restricted free agent P.K. Subban doesn’t know every detail about his contract negotiations, but his agent, told him that he’d “be kept in the loop for the next 24-48 hours.” (Montreal Gazette)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly expected to play four of their first five games on the road. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Scott Niedermayer talked more about what his duties will be as the Anaheim Ducks’ newest assistant coach. (Ducks.nhl.com)
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.