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PHT Morning Skate: ECHL club will wear 50 Shades of Grey jerseys


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 ECHL Bakersfield Condors will wear 50 Shades of Grey jerseys on Feb. 15. (Bakersfieldcondors.com)

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As Evander Kane’s time in Winnipeg potentially approaches a dramatic end, there’s plenty of blame to go around. (Winnipeg Free Press)

While we’re on the subject, Joe Haggerty doesn’t think Kane is worth the risk for the Boston Bruins. (CSN New England)

Highlights from Detroit’s 3-0 victory over Colorado:

The Royal Half took a bit of a shot at the Los Angeles Kings and the fans they’ve accumulated over their recent playoff runs:

Alex Ovechkin had a lighthearted response to a question about his minus-35 rating last season. (Ottawa Citizen)

Finally enjoying a relatively healthy season, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has forced himself into the conversation for the Norris Trophy. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Video: Despres’ OT winner lifts the Pens over the Devils

Simon Despres

Simon Despres scored the overtime winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the New Jersey Devils 2-1 Friday night.

Kris Letang, who had an assist on the goal, has assisted on the Penguins’ last seven goals.

Pittsburgh was 3:11 away from being shutout for a second straight game.

With Peter Harrold serving a high sticking penalty, Chris Kunitz beat Cory Schneider for his 15th of the season tying the game 1-1.

Steve Bernier had the lone goal for the Devils. It was his fourth goal in five games.

The win moves the Penguins to within one point of the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders.

Schneider made a season-high 41 saves in the loss. It was his league-leading 43rd start of the season.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 13 shots to improve to 23-10-5 on the season.

Ehrhoff undergoes concussion testing after Ovechkin collision

PA: Tampa Bay Lightning v Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh will be without defenseman Christian Ehrhoff for tonight’s tilt in New Jersey — and possibly more games as well.

On Friday, the club announced that Ehrhoff had been returned to Pittsburgh for concussion testing, stemming from a collision with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin during the Penguins’ 4-0 loss at Verizon on Wednesday.

The incident in question:

Ovechkin was whistled for a holding penalty on the play. Ehrhoff left the game immediately and didn’t return.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Pens fare without the German rearguard in the lineup. Ehrhoff has been one of the team’s more durable blueliners this year, appearing in 43 of 48 games, and is second to Kris Letang in d-man scoring (with 13 points).

Get your game notes: Pens at Caps

Chris Kunitz, Karl Alzner

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Washington Capitals hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:


• Tuesday night – PIT def. WPG 5-3: This win snapped PIT’s 4-game losing streak (0-2-2 record).

• Neither Sidney Crosby (lower-body) nor Evgeni Malkin (lower-body) played yesterday.

• Crosby was forced to sit out yesterday because he skipped the All-Star Game, but he practiced in Tuesday’s morning skate and could return tonight.

• Malkin has been placed on IR, and he has not played since a 3-2 (OT) loss to PHI on Jan. 20.

• The Pens are now 9-0-1 in their last 10 games in which both Crosby and Malkin HAVE NOT played, dating back to 2011.

• Patric Hornqvist (lower-body – missed 11 games) and Kris Letang (head – missed 1 game) returned to the lineup last night and provided an instant boost for PIT.

• Hornqvist hadn’t played since Dec. 27, and scored his 14th goal (empty-net goal) this season.

• Letang missed last Wednesday’s game after taking a hard check from Zac Rinaldo the day before (Rinaldo was suspended 8 games for the hit). In his return last night, Letang assisted on all 5 Penguins goals – a career high for both assists and points in a game. He is the first defenseman with 5 assists in a game since Dion Phaneuf for CGY in Dec. 2007.

• Lapierre, 29, is in 10th NHL season (now 5th NHL team). Pens GM Jim Rutherford cited Lapierre’s grit, playoff history, and ability to replace Goc on the penalty kill as reasons for the deal (see pg.3 for quotes).

• Washington hitting a slide: The Caps have now lost 4 straight games (0-3-1 record) following their 4-3 loss in Columbus last night. This comes directly after a six-week stretch in which the Capitals earned points in 18 of 19 games (14-1-4 record from Dec. 4 to Jan. 14).

• Team defense has slipped for WSH – it has allowed 4+ goals in all 4 games during the losing streak.


• Ovechkin was held without a point yesterday vs. CBJ, but he has 11 goals in his last 12 games (11G-4A).

• Ovechkin is t-1st in the NHL in power play goals (12, w/ Joe Pavelski of SJ). Ovechkin has led the NHL in PPG each of the last 2 seasons.

• Crosby has gone 2 straight games without a point. His longest stretch without a point this season was a 3-game span from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4.


• David Perron has been productive since he was acquired from EDM; after a goal and an assist last night, he now has 9 pts (6G-3A) in 9 gms with the Pens.

• He now has more goals with the Pens than he did the entire first half of the season with the Oilers.

• Thomas Greiss stopped 19 of 22 shots last night in the win.

• Marc-Andre Fleury last played a week ago in a 3-2 (SO) loss to CHI; he stopped 24 of 26 shots. Fleury is on a personal 3-game losing streak (0-2-1 record), and since Dec. 22, he has won just 3 of 12 starts.


• Nicklas Backstrom had an assist last night – the 400th of his career – to extent his point streak to 4 games (2G-4A).

• John Carlson had an assist last night to extend his point streak to 3 games (0G-4A). He ranks t-4th among NHL d-men in points (35), and t-2nd in assists (30).

• Through 47 GP, Carlson has already tied his career-high for assists w/ 30, and he is just 2 points away from his career-high of 37.

• Carlson also leads WSH in TOI/G at 23:21.

• Earlier in the month, Braden Holtby set a franchise record by appearing in 27 straight games from Nov. 18 to Jan. 16. This is also the longest consecutive games played streak by a goalie in the NHL this season.

• Holtby is 1 win away from tying his career-high of 23, done in each of the past two seasons.

• Holtby has allowed 4 goals in each of his last 3 starts (0-2-1 record), including his 4 GA on 30 shots last night in the loss to CBJ.

• Holtby had a 31-save shutout vs. PIT in the first meeting this season on Dec. 27.

NHL on NBCSN: Penguins kick off Rivalry Night vs. Capitals

Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals

NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Washington Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Verizon Center at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight as part of a back-to-back set of games on NBCSN on Wednesday. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have held up their end of the bargain in maintaining one of the NHL’s most organic rivalries, yet they’re waiting for the Washington Capitals to fully rebound to the form that had hockey fans daydreaming about perennial playoff matches between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

The two teams will renew acquaintances on Wednesday night, as “Rivalry Night” presents quite the appetizing double-header of games.

It’s unclear if Crosby will be able to play tonight, as he’s targeting either Wednesday or Friday as a return date from the lower-body injury that caused some controversy.

The Penguins showed that they can still win down some key players last night, as they cooled the hot Winnipeg Jets 5-3 on the strength of Kris Letang’s impressive five-assist output. With Patric Hornqvist back in the mix, it’s still a group that demands respect from opponents.

Washington shouldn’t be short on respect for the Penguins anyway, as Pittsburgh had won eight straight regular season matchups before a Dec. 27 win by the Caps.

After a stretch in which they earned a point in all but one of 19 games (going 14-1-4), the Capitals are struggling right now, dropping four straight losses. They fell 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, even with Sergei Bobrovsky on the mend for quite some time.

On the bright side, Ovechkin has been scoring at a very nice clip. While he didn’t generate a point last night, Ovechkin went into the All-Star break on a three-game multi-point streak (five goals, one assist). With both teams dealing with similar fatigue challenges, Ovechkin could very well be that much tougher to handle.

The Penguins followed Tuesday’s win by trading Marcel Goc for Maxim Lapierre, so we’ll see if the pest makes his Pittsburgh debut tonight.

Thomas Greiss went for the Penguins last night, so one would expect Marc-Andre Fleury to be in Pittsburgh’s net. Similar logic would indicate that Justin Peters may get the nod for Washington, although Braden Holtby’s been enough of a workhorse that both possibilities seem reasonable.

There’s enough on the line that the two squads can really start to rekindle the rivalry tonight. It probably wouldn’t take much to fan the flames there, after all.