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.
Bryan Bickell doesn’t feel like his month on the sidelines with a knee injury has slowed him down. He returned on Tuesday. (CSN Chicago)
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The Calgary Flames have placed Curtis Glencross on the injured reserve list…again. (Calgary Herald)
San Jose goaltender Alex Stalock might end up getting used more regularly in the second half of the 2013-14 campaign. As it is, he’s only started in five of the Sharks’ 36 contests. (CSN Bay Area)
Defenseman Marc Methot couldn’t help but vent after the Ottawa Senators coughed up a late 3-2 lead on Saturday to lose 4-3 in overtime. He’s hoping they can pull off an upset against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight so that they can at least enter the Christmas break on a high note. (Ottawa Citizen)
Phil Kessel has been superb this season, but lately he’s struggled to find the back of the net. Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle isn’t particularly concerned though. (Toronto Star)
Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley has been taking care to ease 19-year-old forward Sean Monahan back into the lineup after he returned from a fractured foot. (Flames.nhl.com)
Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo has been making a good impression with the Pittsburgh Penguins thanks to his physical nature. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“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.