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.
On Saturday, Winnipeg-native Jonathan Toews will get to play in his hometown in a regular season game for the first time in his career. (Winnipeg Sun)
Speaking of interesting weekend matchups, the Vancouver Canucks and goaltender Roberto Luongo will play against Toronto tomorrow. It wasn’t that long ago that Luongo was pretty sure he would end up with the Maple Leafs. (Toronto Sun)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins’ new defensive system has created a welcome challenge for their goaltenders. “He laughed, but I told (Marc-Andre Fleury) that I’ll spray myself with the water bottle just to wake myself up,” backup goaltender Jeff Zatkoff said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic is averaging 25:10 minutes per game, but as far as he’s concerned, the extra ice time is making him play better. (Newsday)
Hall of Famer Denis Savard is still competing long after retirement. Only now it’s with thoroughbred horse racing. He has a horse in the upcoming Breeders’ Cup Sprint. (NHL.com)
Columnist Adrian Dater thinks Steve Downie might have been traded in part because coach Patrick Roy was “growing a bit uneasy with Downie’s temper and occasional bad penalties.” (Denver Post)