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.K. Subban was in Montreal’s Westmount neighborhood on Sunday when he came across eight-year-old Jack Fraser and his friends playing street hockey. The 26-year-old Habs’ defenseman decided to join in and test Fraser’s goaltending skills. (Bar Down)
Blackhawks’ coach Joel Quenneville’s connection to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. (The Canadian Press)
Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell “could play” in Game 3 on Monday night in Chicago according to head coach Joel Quenneville.
Bickell has missed the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final due to an upper body injury suffered in the Western Conference Final.
“I think he’s healthy,” said Quenneville when asked of Bickell’s status.
The 29-year-old has five assists, 12 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating while averaging nearly 15 minutes of ice time in 17 playoff games.
It likely won’t be known until game time who comes out of the Blackhawks lineup if Bickell is to play.
Quenneville has been impressed with the play of rookie Teuvo Teravainen who has two goes and an assist through the first two games of the final.
“He can see plays, makes plays. You like his patience level when he does have the puck,” said Quenneville on Sunday. “I think he did settle down in a couple tight situations.
“I think he’s starting to think shot, which is really going to enhance his game and his scoring as well. I think offensively he’s getting a little bit more comfortable with the puck. I think off of that, it should enhance his game.”
On the blue line Quenneville said Trevor van Riemsdyk is a possibility for the Blackhawks.
Van Riemsdyk has not played since November due to knee and wrist injuries.
The 23-year-old had an assist and two penalty minutes while averaging 13:32 in time on ice in 18 regular season games.
Plenty is going on heading into Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Here are a few things that you may find interesting, even if they’re not full-blown posts.
Remember Manon Rheaume, the first (and only) woman to play in an NHL exhibition game? She did so with the Tampa Bay Lightning more than 20 years ago, and tonight mark’s her first visit back. Sportsnet’s has a fantastic Q & A session with her, which includes the shocking realization that she never heard of David Letterman before appearing on his show.
Dynasty talk often boils down to semantics. The bottom line is that the Chicago Blackhawks have done some special things, and you can see that in one form by noticing the milestones head coach Joel Quenneville (pictured) is starting to pile up. Game 2 marks Coach Q’s 200th career postseason game behind an bench, becoming just the third coach to do so. The list is as elite as they get, too:
.@NHLBlackhawks' Quenneville will be 3rd head coach in NHL history to reach 200-playoff game milestone: Scotty Bowman (353), Al Arbour (209)