PHT Morning Skate: Where Penguins’ Bennett will play with Malkin, Neal


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.

21-year-old forward Beau Bennett will get a chance to play on the same line as Evgeni Malkin and James Neal when the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Philadelphia Flyers Thusday night. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

A look at what the trade deadline might hold for the Detroit Red Wings. (Detroit Free Press)

Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel passionately believes that his team is good enough to make the playoffs this season, but he feels like he needs to do more to convince his players of that. (Winnipeg Sun)

Perhaps Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Jones can relate, given that he recently spoke about the need for his team to regain some lost confidence (Edmonton Journal)

The Florida Panthers injuries have forced them to rely increasingly on their young up-and-coming players. (

Former OHL defenseman Brett Cook has been banned from playing Ontario university hockey after punching a linesman. (Calgary Sun)

The Washington Capitals got a huge confidence boost after Tuesday’s incredible comeback. (Washington Times)

Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has never let his size hold him back and the move to the NHL hasn’t changed that. (Montreal Gazette)

You can watch highlights of the Chicago Blackhawks extending their points streak to 30 games below:

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Wild must overcome Alex Ovechkin’s 14th career hat trick

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Death, taxes and Alex Ovechkin winning the Maurice Richard Trophy.

OK, the third thing on that list isn’t technically inevitable. It just feels that way lately in the NHL.

It’s unclear if the Washington Capitals can hold on against the Minnesota Wild, but we know for certain that Ovechkin already has a hat trick, the 14th of his high-scoring career.

This propels Ovechkin to the goals lead as of this writing, as he already has 34. As impressive as Patrick Kane has been, No. 8 is heating up, and may just edge No. 88 if Ovechkin can remain healthy.

One has to feel a little sympathy for the struggling Wild. They played well but lost against the Dallas Stars earlier this week and now must deal with Ovechkin and the just-as-hot Capitals.

Bylsma believes league will look at Gudas’ hit on Catenacci


Rugged Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas may get in trouble with the league once again.

At least, it will be that way if Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma has his way regarding Gudas’ five-minute charging major hit on Daniel Catenacci.

“I think there’s no question it’s head hit,” Bylsma said, according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl. ” … I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”

As far as the injury portion of possible suspension considerations go:

Marcus Foligno‘s analysis of Gudas was … well just check it out.

The Flyers ended up winning 5-1. Gudas was a busy man overall, racking up 17 penalty minutes.

Fight video: Patrice Bergeron vs. Blake Wheeler (seriously)

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Regular Selke winner Patrice Bergeron can do it all on the ice, it seems. Apparently that means he’ll even drop the gloves.

That was the unlikely scene during Thursday’s Boston Bruins – Winnipeg Jets skirmish, as Bergeron fought fellow finesse forward Blake Wheeler.

Perhaps unusual feisty behavior was just in the air, as Tyler Myers squared off with Matt Beleskey.

(Not as unlikely, but still.)

Video: Dion Phaneuf’s assist is his first point with Senators

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Dion Phaneuf‘s first home game as a member of the Ottawa Senators is going more smoothly than his debut did on Wednesday.

Ottawa fell 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings last night, and they need another goal to tie up the Colorado Avalanche. Still, Phaneuf’s making a bigger impact on Thursday, collecting two assists … his first two points in a Sens’ sweater.

You can see his crowd-pleasing first helper above.

Here’s his second assist for good measure:

Update: The Avalanche held on, taking a 4-3 edge. Even so, Phaneuf’s getting a warm welcome in his new hockey city.