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.
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian (groin) is back on the ice, but is still week-to-week. (Winnipeg Sun)
After scoring twice in Toronto’s 3-2 overtime win, Nazem Kadri’s thoughts turned to his late grandfather. (NHL.com)
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Los Angeles Kings goaltender Martin Jones reflects on his NHL debut. (LA Kings Insider)
With Ryan Reaves still hurting, the St. Louis Blues shifted Maxim Lapierre to the right wing. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Meanwhile, Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn has felt comfortable serving as a center while Vinny Lecavalier is sidelined. (CSN Philly)
Reports that the NHL will pay Wayne Gretzky the money he was owed from the Phoenix Coyotes have renewed speculation that he might join the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Toronto Star)
Montreal’s Max Pacioretty said that he wasn’t even trying to deliver a hit when he pushed Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk into the end boards last night. Boychuk was taken off the ice on a stretcher while the 25-year-old forward received two minutes for boarding. “I’ve been in that situation before,” Pacioretty said. “As you could tell in my game right after that it definitely rattled me a lot.” (Montreal Gazette)
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.