Author: James O'Brien


PHT Morning Skate: This kid has some serious skills


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.

Ten players who retired on teams that just seem kind of wrong. (The Hockey News)

The first tie game in hockey. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

On this day in 1971, the late Jean Beliveau collected his 500th goal.

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Some aren’t taking the news of Jon Stewart’s departure too well.

This kid (who’s 10, at least according to TSN’s BarDown) can pull off the sort of hockey tricks most of us will never even approach:

Pavelski says Sharks’ struggles are on ‘everybody’

Calgary Flames v San Jose Sharks

Despite glimpses of the team that was once a regular-season juggernaut, the San Jose Sharks have inspired plenty of doubt in 2014-15. It sounds like they crisis of confidence extends to the locker room, too.

The Calgary Flames leapfrogged over the Sharks for second place in the Pacific Division with Monday’s 4-1 win, representing a decisive – maybe merciful – end to the two teams’ season series.

While the two teams are still tightly matched, the Flames dominated the five games between the teams, as the Sharks managed three out of a possible 10 standings points (going 1-3-1).

A banged-up defense was one thing that was cited in the loss, but Joe Pavelski’s among those who believe that the Sharks need improvements in every facet of their game, as he told

“Bottom line is it’s on everybody,” Pavelski said. “We weren’t good enough. Not one guy, not 20. We’ve got to find it.”

Maybe the Flames just represent a tough matchup for the Sharks, but standings points and final scores weren’t the only numbers that are a little troubling for San Jose. Consider this: Calgary sports a +19 goal differential this season, while the Sharks have only scored one more goal (154) than they’ve allowed (153).

Some of that might be chalked up to “puck luck” – their fairly low PDO argues as much – but it seems like the Sharks are slipping from an elite possession team to a merely good one.

Long story short, the Sharks’ margin for error might be shrinking, so Pavelski may be right that it’s ultimately on everyone (even if one might argue that certain facets of the roster are holding up their end of the bargain better than others).

Check out this video for more on the Sharks’ struggles.

Canucks’ Miller acknowledges ‘feast or famine’ season

Ryan Miller

It’s been an up and down season for the Vancouver Canucks, and that seems especially true for Ryan Miller.

The last two games might depict that contrast most succinctly: after shutting out the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, Miller was pulled midway through Monday’s loss to the Minnesota Wild after allowing five goals on 18 shots.

The 34-year-old seemed perplexed by his erratic work in discussing it with the Vancouver Province.

“There are no real adjustments — just stay the course and take what you can out of it,” Miller said. “My read on the third goal (Nino Niederreiter slot slapper off cross-ice feed) could have been better and he got it up. I don’t know. That’s hockey. Feast or famine I guess — four hooks and six shutouts. Who knows?”

Most goalies probably see some pretty dramatic differences in their stats in wins versus losses, yet the disparity is still pretty striking with Miller.

In 25 wins, he has those six shutouts, a 1.47 GAA and a .947 save percentage. In 15 defeats, his GAA balloons to 4.40 and his save percentage plummets to .849.

On face value, his stats are about par for the course for his career (25-14-1 record, 2.45 GAA, and a .913 save percentage that’s just short of his .915 career average).

At his age, it’s not likely that he’ll make drastic changes. He’s just going to need to hope for better results from himself and his team going forward.