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.
Viktor Fasth is projected to make his Oilers debut on Tuesday. Edmonton acquired him from Anaheim last week. (Edmonton Sun)
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Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates thought Evgeny Kuznetsov was great in his NHL debut, but he also wants fans to be patient with the 21-year-old forward. (CSN Washington)
San Jose hasn’t been able to perform with the man advantage lately, but so far it hasn’t cost them. (CSN Bay Area)
Derek Stepan didn’t get much playing time with Team USA during the Olympics, but he came back motivated and has been one of the Rangers’ best players since the break. (Newsday)
Although the Ottawa Senators badly needed a win last night, defenseman Marc Methot thinks the fact that they came back from a 3-0 deficit to secure a point in their 4-3 loss to Nashville “makes a world of a difference.” (Ottawa Citizen)
Brian Elliott isn’t expected to get many starts behind recently acquired Ryan Miller, but Elliott’s St. Louis Blues teammates think very highly of their backup goaltender. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger