PHT Morning Skate: Where the first round is the most dangerous

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.

Need a reason to root for the Florida Panthers or just a really compelling oral history of what it’s been like to follow the team from one fan? Kent Russell put together a fantastic (and personal) piece on that subject for Grantland. (Grantland)

To the surprise of few, Patrick Marleau is being fitted with goat horns in some circles. (

Interesting stuff from George Malkin on all the potential upsets: he discusses Scotty Bowman’s theory that “the first round is the most dangerous round.” Personally, I think every round is equally dangerous, because you can lose four games in any respective one and such. (The Malik Report)

Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture were great in Game 4 for the San Jose Sharks, but not quite great enough. (Fear the Fin)

Joe Haggerty believes that the Washington Capitals’ complaints about officiating after the Nicklas Backstrom suspension paid off in Game 4. (

Dirk Hoag wonders if the Nashville Predators can deliver that knockout blow to the Detroit Red Wings. (On the Forecheck)

From the “could have been a big concern but it’s kind of not” department, it sounds like Jaroslav Halak isn’t anywhere near a return. Bad news for Halak, not that big of a deal for the St. Louis Blues – at least not right now. (

The Philadelphia Flyers need to regain their discipline after the Pittsburgh Penguins’ power play capitalized on their mistakes in Game 4. (

Taking a look at Daniel Sedin’s “instant impact.” (

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