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.
Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates isn’t sure when defenseman Mike Green will be back, but it probably won’t be in time for Tuesday’s game against the Boston Bruins. (Washington Post)
Will signing Ryan O’Reilly lead to the Colorado Avalanche trading Paul Stastny? (Denver Post)
Ian Mendes lists 10 unexpected storylines of the 2013 campaign. Did you see any of these coming? (Ottawa Citizen)
San Jose Sharks forward Martin Havlat will miss at least two games due to a lower body injury. (San Jose Mercury News)
When the Chicago Blackhawks season began, their goaltending was one of their big question marks. Now netminders Corey Crawford and Ray Emery are counted as two of Chicago’s greatest strength. (Washington Times)
What did several of the Pittsburgh Penguins key players do before Monday’s 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning? Deliver pizzas. (Penguins.nhl.com)
Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla had just one goal in his first 16 contests, but he’s had no trouble finding the back of the net lately. (Calgary Sun)
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed 19-year-old forward Josh Leivo to an entry-level deal. (Mapleleafs.nhl.com)
If you missed it, here are the highlights from Pittsburgh’s 4-3 win against Tampa Bay:
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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