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.
Cory Schneider says he has to be a lot better. It’s tough being a No. 1 guy. (Star-Ledger)
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The Blues are rolling out a new set of forward lines and can’t wait to use them. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Ondrej Pavelec is getting frustrated. Another overtime loss will do that. (Winnipeg Sun)
Shane Doan is a really big fan of teammate Oliver Ekman-Larsson. (Mayor’s Manor)
John MacKinnon says the Oilers will be better when they get better at the basic parts of the game. (Edmonton Journal)
Winnipeg’s Anthony Peluso can be very proud of how he scored his first NHL goal. (Winnipeg Free Press)
Finally, the ovation the Bell Centre crowd in Montreal gave to Saku Koivu on Thursday night was something really special. Warning: Goosebumps ahead. (NHL.com)
After making the Wild out of training camp, Tyler Graovac got some bad news on Tuesday — head coach Mike Yeo said Graovac would miss the next 2-3 weeks with a groin strain.
Graovac, 22, played just under 14 minutes in Minnesota’s crazy 5-4 comeback win over Colorado in the season-opener, but sat out Saturday’s win over St. Louis.
At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Graovac was a notable physical presence in the Wild lineup, and is an intriguing prospect — he impressed with AHL Iowa last year, scoring 21 goals and 46 points in 73 games.
Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.
Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.
The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.
Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.