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.
Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren doesn’t think he’ll make a big trade before the deadline. (Philadelphia Daily News)
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New Jersey Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas “went back to basics” during his AHL stint. (The Star-Ledger)
Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins used the Canadian Olympic team as an example of what can be accomplished when skilled forwards buy into a defensive system. (Edmonton Sun)
Vladimir Sobotka is making progress in his recovery from a knee injury, but he’s still a ways away from returning. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella felt the need to apologize for saying that he hoped Sweden would beat Canada in the gold medal game. (NHL.com)
Although he missed out on a bronze medal as a result, Sean Bergenheim doesn’t regret turning down Finland’s offer to join its Olympic team. He felt he needed the break to deal with lingering injury problems. (Miami Herald)
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.