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.
Without much left to play for before the postseason starts, the Boston Bruins are looking for challenges to keep them sharp. They should get just that from the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. (CSN New England)
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The Carolina Hurricanes have inked 20-year-old forward Phil Di Giuseppe to an entry-level contract. (Hurricanes.nhl.com)
Here’s a look back at the Jarome Iginla trade. (Calgary Sun)
How long will Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith be out? Details on the severity of his leg injury are still scarce, but one report suggests that he will miss two weeks. (Fox Sports)
This certainly hasn’t been a good year for Canadian-based teams. (Vancouver Sun)
New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault and forward Brian Boyle think Ryan McDonagh should be regarded as a serious contender for the Norris Trophy. (The Bergen Record)
While we’re on the subject of the Norris Trophy, here’s the case for Flames defenseman Mark Giordano. (Flames.nhl.com)
New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer is among those who have reservations about the NHL’s realignment after it left the league with two conferences of different sizes. (New Jersey Online)
Highlights from the New York Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers:
For those who decry the decline in fighting – in “blood and guts” hockey – Tuesday presented a bloody moment, one fairly high on this season’s Muta scale.
Also, for some, seeing it happen to Tom Wilson specifically may provide additional pleasure.
Anyway, as you can see in the video above, Minnesota Wild winger Chris Stewart bloodied the Washington Capitals pest in a fight. Whether you’re for, against or neutral toward Wilson, it’s quite the sight.
Wilson may be hurt, by the way. He missed some time but returned later in the contest.
Auston Matthews likely ranks as the top reason that many Toronto Maple Leafs are starting to get the same feelings they had in better times, so it only makes sense that he broke a beloved Buds’ record on Tuesday.
With his 35th goal of a potential Calder season – but a brilliant debut either way – Matthews passed Wendel Clark for the Maple Leafs’ rookie record for goals in a season.
That goal was also meaningful for William Nylander, as he extended his point streak to 12 games with an assist. This team, fueled by young players, just keeps shattering first-year marks:
Leafs rookie record watch:
GOALS – 35 Matthews ASSISTS – 40 Marner tied with Bodnar POINT STREAK – 12 games Nylander SHG – 3 Hyman
The U.S. women’s national team voted in favor of accepting USA Hockey’s deal, so they’ll participate in the world championship tournament. USA Hockey recently made the news official with this press release.
The press release confirmed a report that the contract will last four years, while financial terms were kept confidential. (Team members had been seeking a living wage to represent USA Hockey.)
“Our sport is the big winner today,” Team captain Meghan Duggan said. “We stood up for what we thought was right and USA Hockey’s leadership listened. In the end, both sides came together. I’m proud of my teammates and can’t thank everyone who supported us enough. It’s time now to turn the page. We can’t wait to play in the World Championship later this week in front of our fans as we try and defend our gold medal.”