NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 20: Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers steps onto the ice at the start of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on January 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

PHT Morning Skate: Where the Rangers are very happy with Rick Nash


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.

Canadiens goaltending coach Pierre Groulx talks about how being benched for the majority of the 2009 playoffs helped Carey Price develop into a top-tier goaltender. (Montreal Gazette)

23-year-old defenseman Drew Doughty has an NHL-worst minus-10 rating. Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter thinks that Doughty “clearly” needs to play better, but he doesn’t want him singled out. (LA Kings Insider)

A man in Winnipeg has lost his Jets season tickets in court to his sister-in-law. (

After spending eight of the New York Rangers’ 12 contests in the press box, 29-year-old defenseman Steve Eminger has been sent to AHL Connecticut on a conditioning stint. (The Bergen Record)

The Chicago Blackhawks have been getting good production from their checking line so far this season. (Chicago Tribune)

So far, 28-year-old forward Rick Nash has been exactly what the New York Rangers were hoping for when they acquired him from the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Newsday)

22-year-old forward Andrei Loktionov, who was recently called up by the New Jersey Devils, is happy to be reunited with his former OHL Windsor Spitfires’ teammate, Adam Henrique. (New Jersey Online)

Even though the Florida Panthers surrendered two late goals to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday en route to a 6-5 overtime loss, they can take some positives from that contest. In particular, the Panthers’ “Kid Line” had a great showing. (The Miami Herald)

Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.



Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible: