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.
New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur understands Cory Schneider’s frustration over his lack of playing time. In fact, Brodeur thinks it’s normal given where Schneider is at his career relative to his age. (The Bergen Record)
Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis shone after being moved to the second defensive pairing last night. (The Tennessean)
Is Corey Crawford being overlooked when it comes to the Olympic discussion for Team Canada? (Calgary Herald)
New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is scheduled to meet with a neurologist at some point next week. If all goes well, he might get the greenlight to resume skating. (Newsday)
Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has known for a while that Calgary’s Reto Berra has the potential to make it as an NHL goaltender. Kane got a chance to see him play up close when they both played for Biel in the Swiss League during the lockout. (Caglary Sun)
Speaking of Kane, the 25-year-old might still have some untapped upside. (ESPN.com)
Highlights from Detroit’s 6-1 win over Boston:
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.