Dave Bolland

PHT Morning Skate: Bolland ready to skate this week


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.

Maple Leafs center Dave Bolland has been out since November with a sliced tendon. He’s looking to get back on the ice this week. Finally, good news in Toronto. (Toronto Star, NHL.com)

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Everyone was getting a laugh at Patrick Kane scoring on his own net last night, especially his teammates. In case you didn’t notice, the Blackhawks won. (CSNChicago.com)

Alain Vigneault’s explanation for Daniel Carcillo scrapping with the Flyers and an overall feisty game? “Boys will be boys.” (Katie Strang)

The Blues’ line of Vladimir Tarasenko, Vladimir Sobotka, and Patrik Berglund have been getting things done lately. Now they just need a catchy nickname. (Post-Dispatch)

Players who were coached by Paul Maurice in Carolina in 2002 believe he’ll be a good fit for the Jets. (Canadian Press)

Who’s next to pay the price in Winnipeg if the losing persists? The players know it’ll be them. (Winnipeg Sun)

Believe it or not, Leafs coach Randy Carlyle has faith in Jake Gardiner. (Toronto Sun)

Michael Del Zotto would like to stay on the left side, not the right. He’d probably also like to not end up a healthy scratch anymore. (Ranger Rants)

Finally, get ready to have your icy, cold heart melted. The Capitals granted a Make-A-Wish to eight-year-old Branden Neinaber who suffers from a disease similar to cancer. He got to drop the ceremonial first puck between captains Alex Ovechkin and Steve Ott on Sunday and produced this very awesome moment. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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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.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


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.