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.
P.A. Parenteau (knee) is ready to return to the Colorado Avalanche’s lineup. (Denver Post)
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The Montreal Canadiens have revealed a very realistic wax figure of Hall of Famer Maurice Richard. (The Score)
A look at where the Washington Capitals went wrong this season. (CSN Washington)
Olli Jokinen is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but the 35-year-old forward would like to stick with the Winnipeg Jets. (Winnipeg Sun)
Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek faced his former squad, the New York Islanders, last night. Before the trade, it came out that the Islanders had made him a “substantial” offer, which he turned down. Vanek feels that the information coming out made things “awkward” and the report “bugged” him. (Newsday)
Marian Gaborik is upbeat about the Los Angeles Kings, but he does feel they have room for improvement when it comes to how they do at the start of contests. (LA Kings Insider)
Forward Ryan Rupert, 19, has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. (MapleLeafs.nhl.com)
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.