Goalie Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators looks on during a break in the action against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on March 30, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
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PHT Morning Skate: Where Rinne (hip) is looking to return stronger

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.

Some interesting statistics about Ottawa’s 2-1 double overtime win on Sunday. (Ottawa Citizen)

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Joe Vitale will probably practice Tuesday after missing Game 3. (Penguins.nhl.com)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is looking to return stronger now that he’s undergone hip surgery. He dealt with the injury throughout the 2013 campaign. (The Tennessean)

Colin Greening was asked what it was like to play with fiberglass in his face. “Well, you’ve got a lot of adrenalin going through your body,” he said. “But they were only small pieces.” (Ottawa Citizen)

21-year-old Tyler Toffoli has managed to step up when given the opportunity to do so. (LA Kings Insider)

Switzerland-native Damien Brunner thinks very highly of what Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger accomplished during his time as the coach of the Swiss national team. (Edmonton Sun)

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture temporarily left Saturday’s game after crashing into the boards. He scored the overtime goal when he returned, but skipped Monday’s practice. All the same, he should play in Game 4 tonight. (CSN Bay Area)

Highlights from Detroit’s 3-1 win over Chicago:

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Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

Scott Darling, Zack Kassian

Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in a vehicle that ran into a tree.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

Tomas Fleischmann,
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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.