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.
How is Detroit Red Wings prospect Tyler Bertuzzi different from his uncle Todd Bertuzzi? Tyler thinks he’s meaner. (Detroit Free Press)
Which stars in today’s NHL compare with the members of the 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame class? (Sporting News)
18-year-old defenseman Seth Jones is participating in his first development camp with the Nashville Predators. They took him with the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. (Ottawa Citizen)
Chicago Blackhawks goaltending prospect has some things he’ll need to get used to when he makes the transition from the Finnish league to North American hockey. Among other things, he noted that O’Hare International alone had more people in it than his hometown. (CSN Chicago)
NHL Hitz has gotten an update if you’re in a nostalgic mood. (Kotaku
Joffrey Lupul will be featured in ESPN’s Magazine’s Body Issue. (Puck Daddy)
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.
Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.
The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.
To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).
Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:
Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):
McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: