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.
As long as Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley continues to have seven healthy defensemen to work with, blueliners Chris Butler, TJ Brodie, and Derek Smith will be part of a rotation. (Flames.nhl.com)
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Shane O’Brien was a healthy scratch for the fifth time in six games on Wednesday. It’s quite a fall from grace for a 29-year-old who inked a three-year, $6 million contract over the summer. (Denver Post)
Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Wellwood knows he’s struggling and he didn’t help his confidence by coming up short on a golden opportunity against Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price on Tuesday. (Winnipeg Sun)
22-year-old forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault has been called up by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He’s been a point-per-game player in the minors this season and is looking to play in his first NHL game. (Sportsnet)
Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber talks about what his team needs to do to break out of their early slump. (ESPN)
Former Tampa Bay Lightning GM and current Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster still bleeds “Tampa blue.” (Tampa Bay Times)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been much better with the man advantage overall, but they have struggled recently. Defenseman Kris Letang thinks that the Penguins need to simplify things. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
The Toronto Maple Leafs have sent 22-year-old defenseman Jake Gardner to the minors after a very brief NHL stint. (CBC)
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?