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.
Should Marty St. Louis be inducted into the Hall of Fame after he retires? Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates thinks so. (CSN Washington)
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Retired goaltender Martin Biron will take part in Sunday’s outdoor alumni contest between the Buffalo Sabres and their AHL affiliates, the Rochester Amerks. (Buffalo News)
What should the Colorado Avalanche do about forward Paul Stastny as he slowly inches towards the unrestricted free agent market? (Denver Post)
Dallas Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin, 18, thinks he’s ready to represent Russia in the 2014 Winter Olympics. (R-Sport)
New York Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was emotional in his return to San Jose, although a groin injury prevented him from playing against the Sharks last night. (CSN Bay Area)
Speaking of reunions, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery is back in Chicago for tonight’s game. In his case though, he doesn’t seem too worked up about playing against the team he won the Stanley Cup with. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Highlights from Nashville’s 4-1 win over the New York Rangers:
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.