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.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have gotten plenty of help from their fourth line. (Penguins.nhl.com)
After failing to make the Flyers’ opening game roster, Tye McGinn is back in the NHL and making the most of his latest opportunity. (CSN Philly)
Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod (knee) skated on Monday and seems probable for tonight’s game against Dallas. (Denver Post)
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After a disappointing road trip, the New York Islanders are heading home. (Newsday)
Mitch Holmberg, 20, is off to a tremendous start to the 2013-14 campaign with the WHL Spokane Chiefs. (Calgary Sun)
The Philadelphia Flyers need to work on their special teams. (CSN Philly)
Anaheim Ducks prospect Stefan Noesen will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury. He was taken with the 21st overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. (Vancouver Province)
Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.
Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.
When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.
“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”
It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.
While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.
Brad Stuart wasn’t on the ice for the first game of his two-year, $7.2 million contract and it had nothing to do with his health.
Avalanche coach Patrick Roy felt Stuart simply wasn’t one of the six best defensemen in training camp and consequently he wasn’t in the lineup, per the Denver Post.
“Things could change for the next game,” Roy offered. “Like I said (Wednesday), we’re going to use those eight D all year long. (Last night was) just the first game of the season.”
Perhaps, but it’s still a terrible indicator, especially given that Stuart will turn 36 on Nov. 6. Stuart is a veteran of over 1,000 games, but now the question is if he has enough left in the tank to provide Colorado with much value.
The Avalanche also scratched defenseman Brandon Gormley, who was acquired from the Coyotes in exchange for Stefan Elliott. The hope was that both players would benefit from the change in scenery. Gormley was taken with the 13th overall pick of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but has only played in 32 career NHL games.