PHT Morning Skate: Where Vegas still loves Crosby

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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.

Bovada released its odds for the season and playoffs, including Sidney Crosby being the odds-on favorite for the Hart Trophy and Henrik Lundqvist for the Vezina. (Bovada)

The bad news: Willie Mitchell’s knee is bad enough to stop him from skating. The good news? Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi said there aren’t structural issues. (Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott)

Joe Thornton is relieved that he won’t need to miss yet another season. (CSNBayArea.com)

Things might not be much better for the Carolina Hurricanes with the new CBA. (Charlotte News & Observer)

Katie Baker discusses her WJC adventures in Russia. (Grantland)

Starting goalies might get a lot of mileage in this shortened season. James Mirtle points out that eight netminders played at least 40 games during the 1994-95 campaign. (The Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle)

This excerpt from Sean Pronger’s book details the wrong day to be hungover – namely when you unexpectedly become Wayne Gretzky’s linemate. (Deadspin)

Blake Wheeler should forward this article about his passing wizardry to his agent. (Arctic Ice Hockey)

Brad Boyes shoots for a bounce-back season with the New York Islanders. (Puck Daddy)

Great expectations for Jakub Voracek. (CSNPhilly.com)