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.
The Anaheim Ducks started Jonas Hiller on Tuesday, but Viktor Fasth might get a shot before their series against Detroit is over. (Detroit News)
Anze Kopitar will be looking for the Los Angeles Kings to do better when it comes to special teams after their 2-1 overtime loss in Game 1 of their series against the St. Louis Blues. (LA Kings Insider)
Peter Karmanos is looking to sell the ECHL Florida Everblades, but that doesn’t mean he plans on shopping the Carolina Hurricanes next. (News & Observer)
Now that they’ve been eliminated from the playoffs, the Dallas Stars have revealed that Jamie Benn had been playing through a wrist injury. (The Dallas Morning News)
What were the two best games of the Washington Capitals’ 2013 campaign? (CSN Washington)
Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson was stunning in the regular season. Perhaps the 31-year-old will finally be a major part in a deep playoff run. (Ottawa Sun)
Will San Jose forward Patrick Marleau prove to be the difference in the Sharks’ series against the Vancouver Canucks? (CSN Bay Area)
Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle has been impressed by Joffrey Lupul in his second stint as the forward’s bench boss. “He is a much more mature athlete,” Carlyle said, who previously coached Lupul in Anaheim. “Much more understanding of where he is at in his career. I don’t think he takes anything for granted anymore.” (Toronto Sun)
Highlights of Anaheim’s 3-1 victory over Detroit:
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The St. Louis Blues will look to improve their cushion in the Western Conference playoff race when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
You can catch the game on NBCSN (7:30 p.m. ET) or online with the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.
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Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:
NHL On NBCSN: Blues look to slow down Blackhawks
Blues extend Berglund — five years, $19.25 million
Blackhawks’ Hjalmarsson ‘day-to-day,’ will not play on Sunday
The L.A. Kings have reportedly acquired goalie Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
That is according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie and TSN on Sunday.
The news comes one day after Jonathan Quick returned to the Kings crease after a 59-game absence due to a groin injury and was solid in a winning effort versus the Anaheim Ducks.
The Kings are three points out of the final wild card spot in the West.
More to come.
Connor McDavid once again had that blazing speed of his on display. The latest victims? The Nashville Predators on Sunday.
The sophomore star scored his 21st goal of the season and league-leading 70th point thanks to a beautiful individual effort, putting his Oilers back into a tie game at the time.
McDavid picked up the puck just outside his blue line, accelerated to beat Roman Josi in the neutral zone, beat Ryan Ellis with a move and immediately snapped his shot home for the goal.
There was good news and bad news for the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, as the club deals with an outbreak of the mumps.
First, the bad news: Head coach Willie Desjardins confirmed that forward Anton Rodin, defenseman Ben Hutton and trainer Brian Hamilton are now experiencing symptoms of the mumps.
Initially, five players — Troy Stecher, Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund — had been affected.
The good news? Stecher, who had the first confirmed case of the mumps, was back on the ice Sunday for an optional practice, per the Canucks.
The Canucks, nine points out of a playoff spot in the West, host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
The following day is the trade deadline, and the Canucks could be busy, with at least three players — Alex Burrows, Jannik Hansen and Ryan Miller — all mentioned as possible targets for other teams.
Speaking to TSN 1040 radio on Friday, GM Jim Benning didn’t believe the mumps outbreak would impact his plans leading up to the deadline.