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)
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.”