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.
Joe Thornton thinks 24-year-old forward Logan Couture has become “probably the most complete hockey player there is in the NHL today.” (ESPN.com)
An AHL playoff game between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins got very heated with the teams combining for 117 penalty minutes. (AHL.com (with video) and Youtube)
Once again the New York Rangers find themselves down 2-0. Can they overcome another major deficit? (Newsday)
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is definitely enjoying himself. (Detroit Free Press)
Would Ales Hemsky fetch the Edmonton Oilers much on the trade market? (Edmonton Journal)
San Jose’s Brent Burns talks about the switch from defense to forward. (ESPN.com)
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask deserves a lot of the credit for Sunday’s 5-2 victory. (Boston Herald)
Highlights from Ottawa’s double overtime win against Pittsburgh:
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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.
The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.
In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.
The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.
Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.
The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).
McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.
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: