PHT Morning Skate: Red Wings, Lightning’s affiliates will play in Calder Cup finals

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.

We’re approaching the 20th anniversary of the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup. (Ottawa Citizen)

Losing Mike Richards has been a big blow for the Los Angeles Kings, but Jeff Carter is comfortable shifting to center and playing alongside Dustin Penner and Tyler Toffoli. (LA Kings Insider)

Detroit’s AHL-affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, will face Tampa Bay’s farm team, the Syracuse Crunch, in the Calder Cup finals. (

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has just two assists in his last seven games. Kane wants to “be patient, but when the opportunity’s there, go and get it.” (CSN Chicago)

Toronto Marlies coach Dallas Eakins is being evaluated seriously for a number of vacant NHL head coaching gigs, but he’ll need to be careful when deciding what to do next. After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression. (Toronto Star)

How will the Blackhawks respond to being without Duncan Keith? He will serve a one-game suspension for slashing. (CSN Chicago)

Highlights from Boston’s 2-1 double-overtime victory over Pittsburgh:

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