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.
Who has more fantasy value, Steven Stamkos or Sidney Crosby? (NHL.com)
As they prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Russia and Canada’s women hockey teams will play in Sochi on Sunday and Sept. 10. (Toronto Star)
Retired NHL forward Mathieu Darche has started a new career with Delmar International Inc. (Montreal Gazette)
Months after his six-year, $24 million contract was bought out, 30-year-old defenseman Tom Gilbert is still an unrestricted free agent. (Edmonton Journal)
Forward Will Acton will be competing for a roster spot with the Edmonton Oilers, but some of the people he has to prove himself to already know him very well. His father, Keith Acton is an associate coach and he previously worked under the Oilers’ new bench boss, Dallas Eakins. (Edmonton Journal)
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.