GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 28: Head coach Darryl Sutter of the Los Angeles Kings watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on January 29, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 3-0.

PHT Morning Skate: Darryl Sutter calls 13-14 schedule ‘ridiculous’


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.

Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter thinks that with the Olympics factored in, the 2013-14 NHL schedule is “ridiculous.” (LA Kings Insider)

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Clayton Stoner suffered a dislocated ring finger while playing for Minnesota last night, but after doctors taped it to his middle finger, he decided to return for the remainder of the contest. (Star Tribune)

Jaromir Jagr beat Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky last night to move within one goal of becoming the seventh member of the 700 goal club. (

Speaking of the Devils-Blue Jackets game, there were key members of the Blackhawks and Wild’s front office scheduled to attend. Both clubs are believed to have interest in goaltender Martin Brodeur, although it was Cory Schneider who got the nod last night. (New Jersey Online)

The New York Rangers’ game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday March 9 has been moved from 7:30 p.m. ET to 12:30 p.m. and will air on NBC. (The Bergen Record)

Would it make sense for the Philadelphia Flyers to trade Andrej Meszaros, if they can, for the sake of freeing up some cap space and maybe a mid-round pick or are they better maintaining their level of defensive depth? (Philadelphia Inquirer)

The Dallas Stars only have 12 forwards on their roster right now, but they don’t plan on changing that in the near future. (Dallas Morning News)

Video: Pekka Rinne’s zero-margin-of-error stick save

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Sometimes, the Nashville Predators were unlucky in November. Sometimes they were just bad.

Either way, they’re likely glad to step into December, and they’ve already gotten a big bounce. Watch how close this near-goal was into crossing the red line before Pekka Rinne barely stopped it with a well-placed goalie stick.

You can also see it up close via this GIF:

Here’s the NHL Situation Room Blog explanation for it remaining a no-goal:

At 13:06 of the first period in the Coyotes/Predators game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play from 11:57. Video review confirmed the call on the ice that the puck did not cross the Nashville goal line. No goal Coyotes.

Alexei Emelin was ejected for this hit on Matt Calvert

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Alexei Emelin has been in and out of the Montreal Canadiens lineup, but this wasn’t the way they wanted him to keep his legs fresh.

The hard-hitting defenseman received a game misconduct and five-minute major penalty for a late hit on Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert on Tuesday.

So far, it sounds like Calvert may be OK.

You can see video of that hit above, as well as a GIF of the infraction via My Regular Face.

Many believe that Emelin should not have been ejected.

Injuries continue to dog Lupul as Leafs place him on IR

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Injuries have been a regular problem for Joffrey Lupul for much of his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it doesn’t look like that’s changing in 2015-16.

The team placed him on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 28, calling up Rich Clune in the process.

This IR stint means that Lupul will miss at least three games for Toronto.

From the sound of things, it’s a nagging issue, as notes.

“He’s been having the same problem here for a bit,” Mike Babcock told media members on Sunday. “He doesn’t seem to be getting the power back that they thought, so we’re just trying to monitor it the best we can.”

Leafs Nation points out that Lupul has missed about one-third of Toronto’s contests since suffering a separated shoulder in April 2012.

At 32, there’s still time for Lupul to fight through this, although injuries generally accumulate with age.

WATCH LIVE: Wild at Blackhawks; Penguins at Sharks

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Will Ryan Suter say something foolish during tonight’s game? Is Brent Burns‘ beard so long that it’s finally starting to scrape the ice?

We’ll find out the answer to those questions and more during Tuesday’s NBCSN doubleheader.

Need to follow the two games online? Never fear.

Game 1: Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks


Game 2: Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks