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.
David Perron has excelled with the Edmonton Oilers, not just with his offensive contributions, but also thanks to his willingness to get under the opposition’s skin. (Edmonton Journal)
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There’s a chance that the Carolina Hurricanes won’t send goaltender Justin Peters to the minors once Anton Khudobin is healthy. Instead they might end up trading a goalie or keeping three netminders on the roster. (News & Observer)
Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine can be activated off of the long-term injured reserve list now, but he needs more time to strengthen his surgically-repaired knee. (Washington Post)
The New York Islanders are dealing with some defensive issues, but after conditionally surrendering their first round pick for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in the Thomas Vanek deal, getting extra help on the trade market will be particularly difficult. (Newsday)
Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele hasn’t scored a goal in 22 games, but the 20-year-old forward is still confident in his abilities. On top of that, he doesn’t feel like getting points should be his focus right now over “doing the simple things.” (Winnipeg Sun)
Sean Monahan, 19, seems to find another level whenever a game is on the line. (Calgary Sun)
Highlights from Pittsburgh’s 4-0 victory over Washington:
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?