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PHT Morning Skate: 50 Cent and the Flames, plus 30 games in 30 nights


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.

A Calgary radio station apparently remixed 50 Cents “In da Club” to celebrate the Calgary Flames’ playoff bid. Timely. (Bardown)

Who should the Buffalo Sabres target in their coaching search? These six choices definitely count as thinking big. (Buffalo News)

Canadian hockey fan Rob Suggitt managed to see 30 NHL games in 30 days, with a charitable twist. (Sportsnet)

Do the Carolina Hurricanes owe Alexander Semin a fresh start? (Canes Country)

This 15-minute feature on Carey Price from The National is a great watch.

In honor of Jamie Benn’s feat, the Dallas Morning News looked back at every Dallas Stars player who’s scored a hat trick. (Dallas Morning News)

(50 Cent photo via Film Magic.)

Eric Staal happy to stay with ‘Canes, but only if they want him

Eric Staal

Eric Staal might be the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, but he isn’t sure what their plans are for him going forward. As they wrap up their sixth straight playoff-less campaign, Staal has just one more season left on his contract. There have been no extension talks yet, but he’s not sweating it.

“There are guys who have done it,” the 30-year-old forward told NHL.com. “To me, [a contract extension] is not something I need to happen.”

His reasoning is that he knows he’s good enough to stay in the NHL and if Carolina doesn’t want him, then he’ll simply play for another squad. To that end, he would be open to waiving his no-movement clause if asked, although whether or not he ultimately says yes would still depend on the destination.

“But I care about a lot of people in this organization and these fans, so I would like to be part of getting better and taking another step,” Staal added.

Aside from being the only NHL team he’s ever played for, playing with the Hurricanes also presents him with an opportunity to work with his brother, Jordan Staal. It is worth noting that there was a report prior to the trade deadline suggesting that Jordan might be shipped back to Pittsburgh this summer, but Hurricanes GM Ron Francis responded by stating, “We are not moving Jordan Staal.”

Eric Staal has 23 goals and 54 points in 76 contests this season.

Goalie Nods: Miller returns, Pavelec gets break after three straight shutouts

Ryan Miller

News and notes from around the crease…

Ryan Miller will start for the first time since Feb. 22

Miller suffered a knee injury that has cost him more than a month of ice time and potentially his opportunity to lead the Canucks in the playoffs. That’s because Eddie Lack was great in Miller’s absence and has been solid for the bulk of the campaign. Lack did admittedly get off to a rocky start, but he quickly put that behind him and now has a 2.45 GAA and .921 save percentage in 41 contests.

Those numbers are superior to Miller’s 2014-15 statistics, but Vancouver still might need him during the playoffs. With that in mind, he’ll have an opportunity to shake off the rust in tonight’s game against Edmonton.

Ondrej Pavelec will be a healthy scratch despite three straight shutouts

At any other point in the season, Pavelec being benched, let alone scratched, after posting three consecutive shutouts would be a big controversy, but with the Winnipeg Jets’ playoff position secure, this isn’t a shocking development. By starting Michael Hutchinson against the Calgary Flames this afternoon, it gives him a chance to stay sharp ahead of the postseason while also allowing Pavelec to get a breather after playing in three games over four days.

Connor Hellebuyck, 21, is projected to serve as the backup goaltender for Winnipeg today.


Sharks at Kings: Alex Stalock will play between the pipes for San Jose. It’s not known who will play for Los Angeles, but Jonathan Quick is typically a good bet.

Wild at Blues: Devan Dubnyk vs. Brian Elliott

Pens at Sabres: Marc-Andre Fleury will start for Pittsburgh. There’s a fair chance Anders Lindback will play for the Sabres, but that isn’t confirmed.

Habs at Leafs: Carey Price vs. Jonathan Bernier

Devils at Panthers: Cory Schneider vs. Al Montoya

Blue Jackets at Islanders: No confirmed starters yet for this one, but Islanders goaltender Michal Neuvirth has an undisclosed injury and Kevin Poulin was recalled as a result.

Red Wings at Canes: Petr Mrazek vs. Cam Ward

Bruins at Lightning: Tuukka Rask will probably start for Boston; Ben Bishop will get the nod for Tampa Bay.

Preds at Stars: Carter Hutton vs. Jhonas Enroth

Hawks at Avs: Scott Darling vs. Semyon Varlamov

Ducks at Coyotes: Neither team has revealed its starter.