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.
The Buffalo Sabres have a new coach, but the result was the same Thursday night. (NBC Sports)
23-year-old New Jersey Devils prospect Mattias Tedenby remains in the hospital a week after his face was sliced by a skate blade during an AHL contest. (New Jersey Online)
New York Islanders defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky and Mark Streit disagree on whether the team’s struggling with the man advantage. (New York Newsday)
The 5-7-3 Calgary Flames made a few roster changes on Thursday. Among other things, they have summoned 23-year-old forward Akim Aliu. They might also get Sven Baertschi (hip flexor) back on Saturday. (Calgary Sun)
The Anaheim Ducks are enjoying a rare five-day gap in their schedule, so they’re holding a mini-training camp. On Thursday they had over an hour of skating so intense that it made Teemu Selanne feel his age — and then some. (Orange County Register)
Edmonton Oilers forward Lennart Petrell (head) might return on Saturday. (Edmonton Journal)
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has handed 19-year-old Ross Johnston a 15-game suspension for his two-handed swing of his stick that resulted in 17-year-old QMJHL rookie Brian Lovell suffering a broken jaw. (Calgary Sun)
A look at the evolution of 25-year-old James Neal and what he’s meant to a Pittsburgh Penguins team that already had some major stars prior to his arrival. (Penguins.nhl.com)
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.