Kari Lehtonen #32 of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on February 8, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.
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PHT Morning Skate: Where Stars lean heavily on Lehtonen

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.

Sheldon Souray thinks that the tough times he dealt with in the final years of his tenure with the Edmonton Oilers helped him learn to appreciate what he has. (Dallas Morning News)

For the first time this season, the Ottawa Senators have gone three consecutive games without recording a point. (Ottawa Sun)

Former University of North Dakota defenseman Derek Forbort has agreed to an entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings. He was taken by Los Angeles with the 15th overall pick of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. (LA Kings Insider)

The 2013 OHL Priority Selection is today. (OHL.com)

Kari Lehtonen has started in 17 straight games for the Dallas Stars and might not get a rest anytime soon. (Dallas Morning News)

23-year-old defenseman Danny DeKeyser made his NHL debut in Detroit’s 3-2 overtime win against Colorado on Friday. (Detroit News)

Blueliner Ryan O’Byrne, who Toronto acquired from the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, might make his Maple Leafs’ debut Saturday. (Toronto Sun)

The Edmonton Oilers have accomplished at least one goal: They’re playing in meaningful games late into the season. (Edmonton Journal)

Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible:



Commodore rips into Babcock on social media

Mike Commodore

Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.

Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.

As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.

Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”

Commodore wasn’t done there:

And there was much, much more.

To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.