WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: Dan Boyle #22 of the San Jose Sharks skates down the ice against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on January 14, 2014 in Washington, DC.

PHT Morning Skate: McLellan thinks Boyle is looking like himself again

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.

San Jose Sharks bench boss Todd McLellan thinks Dan Boyle is “starting to look like Dan Boyle.” It’s great timing with the playoffs just around the corner. (CSN Bay Area)

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What lessons can the Toronto Maple Leafs take from the success of the Boston Bruins? (Toronto Sun)

Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley is very happy with the work 23-year-old defenseman T.J. Brodie has done this season. (Flames.nhl.com)

The Chicago Blackhawks have inked 2010 second-round pick Stephen Johns to an entry-level deal. (CSN Chicago)

The New Jersey Devils are a league-worst 0-11 in shootouts and that might lead some to question Devils coach coach Pete DeBoer’s shooter selections. GM Lou Lamoriello says he’s not one of them though. (The Star-Ledger)

On the other end of the spectrum, the Colorado Avalanche have been excelling in overtime/shootout games. They have the NHL’s best winning percentage in one-goal games. (Denver Post)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have inked 21-year-old forward Scott Wilson to an entry-level contract. He was taken with the third last pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The guy selected right before him was Calder Trophy-candidate Ondrej Palat. (Penguins.nhl.com)

Highlights from Detroit’s 3-2 win over Boston:

Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.



Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible: