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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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?