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.
Dave Nonis hasn’t made any major moves since taking over as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager. That might change as the trade deadline approaches. (National Post)
With the Calgary Flames hopes of making the playoffs rapidly diminishing, the pressure is on going into tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. (Calgary Sun)
Forward Marcus Johansson was among the Washington Capitals’ best players in his return from a concussion on Sunday. (CSN Washington)
Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau is arguably the top contender for the Calder Trophy at the halfway point of the season. (NHL.com)
The Ottawa Senators has put enforcer Chris Neil on a line with 19-year-olds Mika Zibanejad and Mark Stone. That’s allowed the two rookies to focus a little less on playing a physical game. (Ottawa Citizen)
With Patrick Sharp (shoulder) sidelined, who should take top-six forward spot with the Chicago Blackhawks? (Chicago Sun-Times)
Forward Tyler Toffoli has excelled in his first full AHL season with 28 goals and 48 points in 55 games. The Los Angeles Kings promoted him on Sunday, so it might not be long before the 20-year-old makes his NHL debut. (AHL.com)
San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan likes the progress that forward Scott Gomez has made lately. (San Jose Mercury News)
You can watch the highlights of the Philadelphia Flyers’ 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres below:
“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
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.