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.
Detroit Red Wings forward Jordin Tootoo has returned to Nashville for his first game against the squad that drafted him, the Predators. (The Tennessean)
The Edmonton Oilers will give Magnus Paajarvi, 21, a shot on their second line. Of the Oilers’ top picks over the last five years, Paajarvi has had the most difficulty firmly establishing himself in the NHL. (Edmonton Journal)
A look back at 23-year-old forward Alex Killorn’s first NHL goal. (Lightning.nhl.com)
Florida Panthers forward Stephen Weiss doesn’t want to use his early injury or the trade rumors as an excuse for his early season struggles. (Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)
Ryan Carter might have suffered a concussion during the New Jersey Devils’ 2-1 loss to Ottawa. (New Jersey Online)
The Detroit Red Wings spent a good chunk of their Monday afternoon practice working on their ailing power play. (Detroit Free Press)
Calgary Flames forward Jiri Hudler is playing alongside the son of one of one of the players he looked up to in his youth, Roman Horak Sr. The 21-year-old Horak Jr. is happy to be part of this line too, especially given that he was a fan of Hudler’s growing up. (Calgary Sun)
Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza might not be able to play again this season, but the Ottawa Senators’ stars will still help the franchise in other ways. (Ottawa Citizen)
PHT Morning Skate: Shane Doan takes a (friendly) shot at the Miracle on Ice
The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.
Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.
With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.
Trevor Daley, traded to Blackhawks for Sharp & Johns and to #Pens for Scuderi (who was flipped to LA for Ehrhoff) played 28:41 in G4 W.