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.
Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig is happy to do what he can to protect his teammates, but he wants to expand beyond that role. (CSN Chicago)
The Philadelphia Flyers suffered a preseason shootout loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday, but a few rookies had encouraging nights. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Speaking of exhibition contests, goaltender Cory Schneider was perfect through 40 minutes in his first game with the New Jersey Devils. (New Jersey Online)
The Detroit Red Wings had a number of promising young defensemen by the end of the 2013 campaign. Can they take a step forward in 2013-14? (Detroit News)
The Washington Capitals have enjoyed plenty of regular season success over the last six years, but they won’t be a great team in defenseman Mike Green’s eyes until they win the Stanley Cup. (CSN Washington)
Even in the preseason, Blackhawks fans are filling the United Center. That wasn’t always the case in Chicago. (CSN Chicago)
Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.
Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.
While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.
Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.
It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.
“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”
Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.
Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.
Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.
“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”