PHT Morning Skate: Coyotes, Kings have yet to trail in a 2012 playoff series

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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 Kings and Coyotes are two very similar teams, but Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown thinks they have an edge in aggression. (Los Angeles Times)

Wayne Gretzky has links to both the Kings and Coyotes. (Denver Post)

Here’s another thing the Kings and Coyotes have in common: Neither has trailed in a playoff series this year. That’ll change on Sunday. (Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette)

A breakdown of the upcoming Eastern Conference Finals. (The Bergen Record)

The NHL.com writers and editors share their current picks for the Conn Smythe Trophy at the midway point of the playoffs. (NHL.com)

Not all the Devils players are attempting to grow a playoff beard. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has sold the OHL Mississauga St. Michael’s Major. (Ottawa Citizen)

David Clarkson is a big X-factor going into the Eastern Conference Finals. (NHL.com)

Has John Tortorella hurt his image in this Stanley Cup playoffs run to the point where he no longer has a decent shot of coaching the US Olympic team in 2014? (Calgary Sun)