James O'Brien

WINNIPEG, CANADA - OCTOBER 7:   Rookie Mark Scheifele #55 of the Winnipeg Jets , the last player on the ice after the team practice, takes a few extra minutes by himself to take a few more shots on goal at the MTS Centre on October 7, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

PHT Morning Skate: Jets aren’t fueling ticket sales


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.

The Winnipeg Jets are dealing with something unexpected: poor ticket sales. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Is Mario Lemieux the best ever? Either way, this is a fantastic profile on “The Magnificent One.” (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Elliotte Friedman’s “30 Thoughts” is always worth a read, so get to it. (Sportsnet)

The Halifax Mooseheads jump on the 3D bandwagon. (The Hockey News)

Tyler Seguin explains why he doesn’t wear a mouth-guard. (Dallas Morning News)

Another first: Max Domi’s hat trick helps Coyotes nab a W


Max Domi is about halfway through his first season in the NHL, yet he’s already accomplished something his father Tie Domi never managed.

Domi generated the first hat trick of his young career on Tuesday night, including the final two goals of regulation to help the Arizona Coyotes push their game into overtime against the Edmonton Oilers.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson then nabbed the overtime-winner as the Coyotes feasted on the power play; their final three goals came on the man advantage in a 4-3 OT win.

You can watch all three of Domi’s goals in the video above. The crafty Coyotes forward now has 13 goals and 31 points in 42 games, shaking off a relative slump.

Want more on the Coyotes? Check out the video below.

Stamkos, Lightning throttle Avs; Tampa Bay moves to East’s top eight

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, back, reacts after scoring a goal on pass from left wing Ondrej Palat, front, of the Czech Republic, against he Colorado Avalanche in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Tampa Bay Lightning face problems in the short and long-term, but on nights like these, you remember why they deal with such headaches.

Tampa Bay absolutely dominated the Avalanche in Colorado on Tuesday, cruising to a 4-0 win.

Steven Stamkos collected two goals. Ben Bishop nabbed a shutout. Even Tyler Johnson found the net for the first time since Nov. 25, providing a ray of sunshine in what’s been a cloudy, injury-plagued season.

If this win wasn’t satisfying enough, get this: the Lightning crept into one of the East’s wild card positions after the New Jersey Devils lost.

There’s even talk about returning swag … again.

Granted, the situation is skin-tight, as plenty of teams make the East’s bubble situation awfully interesting.

Still, the Lightning are now on a three-game winning streak and are generally looking a lot like that team that made it to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

If they keep it up, their opponents will be the ones suffering through serious headaches.

Fight video: Ugly hit leads to ugly scene between Blues, Devils


The St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils don’t really strike you as natural rivals, but they won’t need to work hard to drum up disdain after Tuesday’s game.

The video above really says it all.

Bobby Farnham set off the chain of violence by responding to a Dmitrij Jaskin check with a clear “interference” hit, which drew a major penalty.

Farnham and Kyle Brodziak received misconducts from the resulting action, which involved a one-sided fight between Ryan Reaves and Jordin Tootoo that’s … honestly a little tough to watch.

Hockey Fights also captures some of the mayhem in GIF form:

So, what do you think? Should Farnham and/or anyone else expect a call from the Department of Player Safety?

Blackhawks push run to eight straight; Coach Q ties Al Arbour for wins

Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville smiles as he talks during a news conference, Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Chicago. The Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning are tied 1-1 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final after the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in Game 2. Game 3 is scheduled for Monday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Just like that, the Chicago Blackhawks are in striking distance of the Central Division crown, and head coach Joel Quenneville hit another striking milestone.

By edging the struggling Nashville Predators by a score of 3-2, the Blackhawks won their eighth straight game, which is now easily the longest active run in the NHL.

(The Florida Panthers finally hit a wall in Vancouver last night, after all.)

The bigger news might just be Coach Q’s accomplishment, as he won his 782nd regular season game as a head coach, tying New York Islanders legend Al Arbour for second all-time.

As you can see from this graphic from before this latest win, the gap between second place and first is bigger than Q’s mustache.

Quenneville may find two other numbers more relevant:

Two: That’s the standings point gap between top Central Division team the Dallas Stars and Chicago, although Dallas does have a game in hand.

Three: The three-year contract extension Quenneville signed earlier today.

Maybe the Blackhawks get to bask in the best of both worlds: celebrating their already-impressive highs while possibly authoring new ones.