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)
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