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.
Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle wants to see his team be a “little hungrier and a little dirtier and a little meaner in front of their net.” (CSN Bay Area)
The Colorado Avalanche aren’t likely to name their next head coach in the near future. (Denver Post)
Thomas Boswell is very critical of the Washington Capitals after their latest playoff exit. Among other things, he asserts that Alex Ovechkin was named the team captain “not because he deserved it but in the hopes that it would prod him to get in better shape, cut down his carousing and show some leadership.” (Washington Post)
The Pittsburgh Penguins think Sidney Crosby is underrated defensively. Evgeni Malkin went as far as to compare Crosby to three-time Selke Trophy winner Pavel Datsyuk. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has nothing but nice things to say about his former teammate and current adversary Jaromir Jagr. (Newsday)
Toronto Maple Leafs vice-president of hockey operations Dave Poulin feels the team is headed in the right direction. He also predicted that his team will turn their tough Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins “into a positive.” (Toronto Sun)
Kings forward Dustin Brown is “definitely aware of when” Raffi Torres is on the ice, but not because of his suspension history. “That’s one of those things where as much as he’s been suspended, he’s had a lot of really clean, hard hits, and you need to be aware of that,” Brown said. (LA Kings Insider)
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.