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.
Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella is thrilled that Team Canada picked Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis as Steven Stamkos’ replacement. Tortorella coached St. Louis for parts of seven seasons before the Lightning parted ways with the bench boss. (Canada.com)
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Martin Brodeur said that it’s “not a big deal” that he won’t be going to the 2014 Winter Olympics, but he admitted to some nostalgia as the games draw near. Meanwhile, he’s waiting to find out if he’ll go a month between starts. (The Bergen Record)
Although it’s not entirely in their control, the Chicago Blackhawks’ goal is to enter the Olympic break with the best record in the Western Conference. (CSN Chicago)
The Nashville Predators are just 1-7 in shootouts this season and that might end up being what costs them a postseason berth. (The Tennessean)
The Edmonton Oilers experimented with moving Nail Yakupov to the team’s top line on Thursday and the initial results were good. (Edmonton Sun)
Max Pacioretty had a hat trick on Thursday, but he said he would’ve been kicking himself if Montreal ended up losing because he also failed on two penalty shots. (Montreal Gazette)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been very happy with Deryk Engelland’s recent play, which is why they’ve made efforts to keep him in the lineup, even if it means using the defenseman as a forward. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)