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PHT Morning Skate: Tom Hanks brings Wilson to Rangers-Bruins game

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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.

Tom Hanks and Brian Williams took in the NBCSN Rivalry Night game between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers:

He also brought an old friend to the contest:

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting an $25,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Thursday night’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

The Rangers went on to earn a 3-2 victory. You can see the highlights below:

Could there be an alternative to Chris Hansen’s arena plan in Seattle? (Seattle Times)

Sidney Crosby excels when it comes to managing his off-ice responsibilities too. (USA Today)

Nail Yakupov is getting along well with new Oilers coach Todd Nelson. (Edmonton Sun)

Logan Couture got some playing time between the pipes last night:

Former New York Rangers player Vic Howe, the younger brother of Gordie Howe, has passed away. (NHL.com)

More good news for Columbus: Murray off IR following 36-game absence

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Maybe, just maybe, things are starting to turn around in Columbus.

Yesterday, the Blue Jackets returned Artem Anisimov (torn triceps) from a 23-game absence and today, the team announced defenseman Ryan Murray was activated off IR after missing the last 36 contests.

Murray, 21, has been plagued all year by knee problems, having missed the first seven games of the year following offseason surgery. The former No. 2 overall pick — taken behind Nail Yakupov at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft — also missed time last year with a knee problem.

Getting Murray back is a huge boost for the Jackets. Despite his injury issues, he still managed to score 21 points in 66 games last season and average nearly 20 minutes a night. Columbus also leaned on him heavily during last year’s opening-round playoff loss to Pittsburgh, during which he played 22:44 a night.

Video: Yakupov’s shootout winner ends Oilers’ road losing streak at 14 games

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For just the third time season – remember, it’s the middle of January – the Edmonton Oilers have won on the road. It took a 3-2 shootout result against the Florida Panthers on Saturday to end the skid, which had reached 14 games, according to Sportsnet Stats on Twitter.

Nail Yakupov, shooting first for Edmonton, scored the lone goal of the deciding skills competition. He fooled Roberto Luongo with a head fake and nice move to the forehand. While Yakupov, the first overall pick in 2012, gets the shootout winner, he has still only registered one goal since Dec. 9 – a span of 19 games.

As for the Connor McDavid sweepstakes, the Oilers join the Sabres – both bottom dwellers in the NHL’s overall standings – at 31 points.

‘One of the worst efforts of this season’: Blackhawks lose to Oilers

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The Chicago Blackhawks, one of the best teams in the Western Conference, faced off against the Edmonton Oilers, the worst team in the West, on Friday.

Two easy points for Chicago, right? Wrong.

The Oilers finally hit double digits in the win column for this season – we’re nearing the middle of January – thanks to a 5-2 victory over the Blackhawks. Derek Roy had a goal and two helpers for Edmonton and Nail Yakupov had a goal – a pretty move to the backhand on a two-on-nothing rush – and an assist.

The Blackhawks may have been fortunate to come away with a win and two points against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. They were outshot 44-20 in that game. But their recent run of luck came to an end in Edmonton.

“We got lucky in Minnesota and today was probably one of the worst efforts of this season,” said Blackhawks’ defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, as per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun Times.

“I think today was almost the worst game in my whole career in the NHL,” added goalie Antti Raanta.

 

 

PHT Morning Skate: Ducks’ Andersen unveils mask honoring Selanne

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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.

Frederik Andersen has a special mask for Sunday’s Teemu Tribute Night:


Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting an $20,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Friday night’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

Is it time for the Edmonton Oilers to cut their losses and trade Nail Yakupov? (Edmonton Journal)

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews talked about what J.P. Parise, who passed away at the age of 73, meant to him and other young hockey players growing up:

Defenseman Adam Larsson, 22, is looking like one of the big benefactors of the New Jersey Devils’ coaching change. (The Bergen Record)

Drew Doughty wants to be involved in the only aspect of the game Los Angeles hasn’t been using him in: the shootout. (LA Kings Insider)

The AHL Hershey Bears will feature Nathan Walker, who was the first Australian player to be drafted by an NHL team, in a snow globes giveaway. Inside is Walker standing next to a kangaroo. (CSN Washington)