PHT Morning Skate: Where the Caps get the Ricky Bobby treatment

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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.

CSNWashington’s Joe Beninati comes up with the only appropriate character to describe the Caps’ funk right now. If you ain’t first, you’re last, Alex Ovechkin. Shake and bake! (CSNWashington.com)

Kings forward Simon Gagne may have had his inevitable season-interrupting injury last night against Phoenix. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Make it seven losses in a row for the Minnesota Wild. Uh oh… (Russo’s Rants)

Eric Lindros continues to say all the right things about putting his rocky past with the Flyers behind him. (Philly.com)

Tyler Bozak’s turnaround season has the Leafs pleasantly surprised. (TSN)

Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is on IR. Welcome back to the show Curtis McElhinney. (Sportsnet)

It’s looking like Philly native Patti LaBelle will sing the National Anthem at the Winter Classic. (Delaware County Daily Times)

New Jersey’s Ryan Carter might be getting a short vacation thanks to his hit on Jaroslav Spacek. (Fire & Ice)

Finally, check out this fight four seconds into last night’s Rangers-Isles game between Stu Bickel and Micheal Haley. Haley got kicked out for instigating and left Bickel really feeling it. (YouTube)