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.
Interesting fact from NHL.com’s Brian Compton: Ray Whitney’s first point came on April 15, 1992. I wonder if he expected to cross the 1,000 (and 1,001) point barrier almost 20 years later? (Brian Compton)
Brent Sutter on the mood for the Calgary Flames, who were mathematically eliminated last night: “It’s worse than being disappointed.” (The Canadian Press)
The St. Louis Blues also lost on Saturday – to the Columbus Blue Jackets, no less – but they still clinched the Central Division. Still, losing to the Blue Jackets is a sign that St. Louis isn’t the kind of team that can rest on its laurels. (The Associated Press)
In the final clinch/elimination update left from the West (read about the New Jersey Devils covering their own bases in the East here), the Chicago Blackhawks clinched a spot for the fourth season in a row. (NHL.com)
Nick Kypreos floats rumors about Ryan Suter eye-balling the Minnesota Wild and reports that if Jeff Carter is going to help the Los Angeles Kings again before next season, it will have to be in the playoffs. (Kukla’s Korner)
The San Jose Sharks earned a big 3-0 win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday as the first half of a home-and-home set. Read up on the Sharks’ side from CSNBayArea.com and the Stars’ perspective from Defending Big D.
For more on the Devils’ clinching a playoff spot, Compton gives the six reasons why it happened. (NHL.com)
Now that the Boston Bruins are guaranteed an opportunity to defend their title and just about have the Northeast Division title wrapped up, Joe Haggerty reports that the focus shifts to NFL bye week-type stuff: managing minutes and nursing injuries. (CSNNE.com)
Eric Stephens reports that George Parros faces an “uncertain future.” Hopefully that future includes a bodacious mustache, though. (Ducks blog)
Oh yeah, the Winnipeg Jets were officially booted from the playoffs, too. Kinda forgot about them, right? (CSNPhilly.com)