PHT Morning Skate: Where Ilya Kovalchuk’s family helps him play better

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.

Ilya Kovalchuk brought his family to New Jersey this season and it’s helped him play a lot better. (Fire & Ice)

Dwight King is the Kings’ surprise superstar of the playoffs. (Chicago Tribune)

Slava Voynov is turning out to be pretty good for L.A. especially in this series. (L.A. Kings Insider)

The Coyotes are hoping a finally full roster can help them turn the tide in Game 4. (

Dave Tippett isn’t talking so much about embellishment a day later. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Five different Flyers are headed for surgery in the offseason: Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Kimmo Timonen, James van Riemsdyk, and Matt Carle. (Flyers)

Habs GM Marc Bergevin isn’t telling anyone where his mind is at regarding a new coach. (Montreal Gazette)

True North’s director of communications Scott Brown “felt like the Grinch” just a year ago when word leaked Winnipeg was getting a team back. (Winnipeg Sun)

Former Oilers defenseman Jason Strudwick says the next Oilers coach should be a hard-liner. (Edmonton Sun)

Predators forward Craig Smith hopes the “rookie wall” won’t hit him again next season. (Tennessean)

Good news everyone, Jean Beliveau is feeling a lot better lately. (Montreal Gazette)

The Red Wings are loving the play of prospect Calle Jarnkrok at Worlds. (Detroit Free Press)

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