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. (Panthers.nhl.com)
Former OHL defenseman Brett Cook has been banned from playing Ontario university hockey after punching a linesman. (Calgary Sun)
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.
Phaneuf on the Ottawa crowd reaction: "It gave me chills."