PHT Morning Skate: Where the Sabres are already worrying about Alex Ovechkin

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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.

The Sabres and Capitals will face off Tuesday in a game with massive playoff implications and the Sabres are already stressing out about how to handle the red hot Alex Ovechkin. (Buffalo News)

Travis Zajac had an assist in his return to action against the Penguins. (Fire & Ice)

The Jets are close to being done and losing Bryan Little won’t do anything to help them out. (Winnipeg Sun)

The Blues were excited to have Alex Steen and Kris Russell back last night. (Post-Dispatch)

The Lightning are happy to have Tom Pyatt as their goal mouth menace. (Tampa Tribune)

The Ducks loss to Boston last night puts them on the brink of elimination. (OC Register)

Speaking of being on the brink of playoff elimination, hey the Maple Leafs! (Toronto Sun)

As for those who are officially out of the running, welcome the Minnesota Wild to that list. The Wild are the first team to be in first place on December 1 that wound up missing the playoffs (credit: Hockey Wilderness). The Wild are now one point out of being 29th out of 30. (Star Tribune)