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.
What was it like for Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise to face his former team, the New Jersey Devils? It felt like a scrimmage and that’s not the best feeling in the world. (Michael Russo)
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On top of rookie Jon Merrill getting hurt for the Devils last night, Bryce Salvador and Ryane Clowe are hurting as well. Not good times in Newark. (Tom Gulitti)
Good news Oilers fans! Defenseman Ladislav Smid said things can definitely get worse from here for Edmonton. Cue Clark Griswold saying, “Worse?! How can it get any worse?!” (Edmonton Journal)
Vancouver’s second line is coming along nicely now. That’s bad news for teams out west. (The Province)
Some people out there are bagging on Montreal’s P.K. Subban and Jack Todd says that’s partially Michel Therrien’s fault. (Montreal Gazette)
Even though Ben Bishop helped the Lightning beat the Blues, his former team are still big fans of his. (Tampa Bay Times)
Reto Berra’s reactions to his first win and playing in Chicago to do it are pretty great. (Calgary Sun)
The Wild are still looking for someone to grab the first-line right wing job and run with it. (The Star-Tribune)
There’s good news for Philadelphia Flyers forward Steve Downie today.
The Flyers released a statement saying Downie was out of the hospital and doing well. They also added that Vincent Lecavalier is still day-to-day.
It was just on Saturday the team said Downie would be out indefinitely with a concussion. Him being out of the hospital is at least a good sign that he can recover at home.
In case you’d forgotten, Downie was injured in a fight with Washington Capitals forward Aaron Volpatti on Friday night and was taken to a Philly hospital following the game.
Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson was stretchered off the ice during overtime of their game against the Dallas Stars.
Anderson collided with Stars rookie forward Valeri Nichushkin with 3:16 left in the extra period. Nichushkin’s thigh appeared to crash into Anderson’s face, knocking his head back awkwardly. Anderson laid on the ice awake and in pain, but motionless.
Senators trainers immobilized Anderson and had him taken off the ice on a stretcher. He gave a thumbs up to the Canadian Tire Centre crowd as he was wheeled off the ice.
We’ll update on his condition as it becomes available.
UPDATE (4:01 p.m. ET): Shawn McKenzie of Sportsnet has a very encouraging update.
UPDATE (4:28 p.m. ET): Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has the injury:
While Philadelphia’s Ray Emery wasn’t suspended for his role in the one-sided fight with Washington’s Braden Holtby, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman wasn’t happy with how things happened in Philadelphia on Friday.
Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch spoke with the commissioner and got his thoughts on what went down concerning Emery.
“We constantly monitor and look at the game,” Bettman said. “There was no rule that was violated to elevate things to the level of a suspension. It’s something we’ll continue to discuss.
“I don’t think anybody liked it, liked what it looked like. Fortunately it’s not something that happens very often. But I’m sure it’s something we’ll focus on, particularly with the general managers.”
Bettman voiced his support for Brendan Shanahan and the NHL Department of Player Safety and the job they’ve done. He reiterated the rarity in which things like this occur as well as the relative smaller percentage of hits that require their attention.
That said, it’s not good for Emery or the Flyers if the biggest boss is taking notice.
It took Dallas Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin 13 games, but he’s finally got his first NHL goal.
Early in the second period of the Stars Sunday afternoon game against the Ottawa Senators, Nichushkin broke into the Senators zone. Stars blue liner Brenden Dillon helped provide a screen and get Senators goalie Craig Anderson leaning to his left.
Unfortunately for Anderson, Nichushkin’s shot was going in the other direction beating him, giving the 2013 NHL Draft’s tenth overall pick his first of the season.