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 Detroit Red Wings won’t have Johan Franzen tomorrow, but Patrick Eaves (knee/ankle) is ready to make his season debut. (Detroit Free Press)
Eric Gelinas, 22, has been credited with injecting some energy into the New Jersey Devils during a time when they desperately needed to turn their season around. (The Star-Ledger)
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Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien thinks skating issues are at the heart of Brad Marchand’s early season struggles. At the same time, Julien liked what he saw from Marchand during Monday’s practice and hopes it’s a sign that the 25-year-old forward will start to turn things around. (Boston Herald)
Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz plans to ease defenseman Roman Josi back into the lineup when he returns from a concussion. (The Tennessean)
Devils captain Bryce Salvador thinks he should be able to return from a fractured foot “relatively quick.” It looks like goaltender Cory Schneider won’t be out for much longer either. (The Bergen Record)
The Buffalo Sabres’ players offered their thoughts on Thomas Vanek being sent to the New York Islanders. (Buffalo News)
Highlights from Montreal’s 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers:
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.