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.
Winnipeg Jets prospect Carl Klingberg probably didn’t think he would get his first goal of the season this way. Just 1:24 minutes into AHL St. John’s game last night, he scored on a backhander that he flicked towards the Binghamton Senators’ net from center ice:
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Highlights from Chicago’s 4-0 victory over Philadelphia:
Alex Pietrangelo shaved his head in support of his girlfriend’s niece, who is battling cancer at the age of five. The NHL also began #HockeyFightsCancer Awareness Month on Monday. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team will host a Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp. The five-day event will start on March 29. (Associated Press)
Adam Henrique hopes to best his 2013-14 career-high of 25 goals as the Devils try to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012. (The Star-Ledger)
Tim Gleason feels losing the physical edge to his game led to him being bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He’s tried to change that in 2014-15. (News & Observer)
Christian Ehrhoff is enjoying being with a contender in Pittsburgh and getting a fresh start. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Kevin Klein doesn’t score goals very often. If you had to, you’d probably classify him as that steady but reliable defenseman. His last NHL regular season goal, prior to Tuesday: March 11 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
However, he didn’t look at all out of place though when he found himself all alone, breaking in on Cory Schneider in overtime. Klein scored, obviously his first of the season, with a confident wrist shot to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 come-from-behind win in the extra period.
The Devils, now losers of three straight, had a 3-1 lead just before the midway point of the third period and gave it up.
Adam Larsson will emerge from the press box for the first time tonight when the Devils host the Rangers at Prudential.
“Really, it was a tough decision not to play him coming out of training camp,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said, per NorthJersey.com. “We just had some great camps by a lot of young defensemen. Then, when we got off to the start we got off to, we won three in a row, it’s tough to make lineup changes.
“But, some things have changed and he’s going to get an opportunity tonight and he’s got to make the most of it.”
Larsson, 21, has failed to live up to the promise that saw him go fourth overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and has been the Devils’ seventh defemsan almost exclusively this season. He’ll draw into the lineup for Eric Gelinas tonight, though, as Gelinas struggled in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Sharks, going minus-1 in just over 16 minutes of ice time.
In other New Jersey lineup moves, Tuomo Ruutu will take a seat in the press box and be replaced by Damien Brunner.
All the latest from the crease…
Jimmy Howard will return from a one-game absence when Detroit takes on Montreal at the Bell Center tonight. Howard, who sat out Saturday’s win over Toronto with a groin strain, has been excellent to start the season, posting a 2-1-1 record with a 1.72 GAA and .934 save percentage; that said, Detroit has also received stellar goaltending from Jonas Gustavsson, as he posted a 30-save shutout in the aforementioned weekend victory against the Leafs.
For Montreal, Carey Price will get the start — he’s coming off a solid 32-save effort in a win over Colorado on Saturday.
Sharks at Bruins: Antti Niemi for San Jose; Tuukka Rask probable for Boston
Rangers at Devils: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Cory Schneider
Leafs at Isles: Jonathan Bernier vs. Jaroslav Halak
‘Canes at Jets: Anton Khudobin vs. Ondrej Pavelec
Coyotes at Preds: Devan Dubnyk for Arizona; Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville
Flyers at ‘Hawks: Steve Mason vs. Antti Raanta
Canucks at Stars: Ryan Miller for Vancouver; Kari Lehtonen probable for Dallas
Panthers at Avs: Roberto Luongo vs. Reto Berra
Lightning at Flames: Karri Ramo for Calgary; no word on a Tampa Bay starter
After suffering severe facial lacerations from a collision during Thursday’s game against Washington, Devils forward Martin Havlat revealed what it took to put him back together again:
That’s the end result of 55 stitches and a “re-attached” upper-lip, per NJ.com.
Amazingly, Havlat nearly played on Saturday — just two days after getting busted up — taking the warmup for New Jersey’s game against San Jose, only to be ruled out prior to puck drop.
On Monday, head coach Peter DeBoer said Havlat “looked good” (relatively speaking) and suggested he’d be back in the lineup on Tuesday against the Rangers.