Alex Goligoski #33 of the Dallas Stars checks Cal Clutterbuck #22 of the Minnesota Wild into the boards during the first period of the game on January 20, 2013 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota.
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PHT Morning Skate: Where Wild aim to end decade-long losing streak in Dallas

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 defenseman Mike Green knows that, as coach Adam Oates put it, “he’s a targeted man” on the ice. Green’s used to it though and feels 100 percent after returning from a groin strain. (CSN Washington)

The Minnesota Wild have been hot lately, but today they will be trying to accomplish something they haven’t done since March 21, 2003: Win a game in Dallas. (Star Tribune)

With star forward Ilya Kovalchuk on the injured reserve list due to a shoulder problem, the New Jersey Devils’ recent acquisition, Matt D’Agostini, is likely to get a golden opportunity. (The Star-Ledger)

While recovering from a groin injury, Capitals forward Brooks Laich was able to learn a lot about Oates’ system. (Washington Times)

The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to give Michael Frolik a chance to play alongside Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad tonight. (CSN Chicago)

A 7-0-0 start can only get you so far on its own. The San Jose Sharks have gone just 6-11-6 since their hot start and consequently on Sunday, they found themselves on the outside looking in on the playoff race for the first time this season. (San Jose Mercury News)

The argument for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ acquisition of Brenden Morrow. (

Damien Brunner was a healthy scratch on Sunday. He got off to a strong start in his rookie season, but hasn’t scored in his last 12 games. (Detroit Free Press)

Highlights from the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers:

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Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: