PHT Morning Skate: Strong positional play helps Suter log absurd minutes

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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.

Ryan Suter credits his ability to position himself correctly as one of the big reasons he has been able to average nearly 30 minutes per game this season. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Dallas Stars defenseman Jordie Benn can understand why some people would wonder if he feels jealous of the success that his younger brother, Jamie Benn, has enjoyed, but Jordie insists that’s not the case. (Dallas Morning News)

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Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins is hoping that their win against the Calgary Flames on Saturday will mark a turning point. The Oilers are certainly desperate for a winning streak given their 5-15-2 record. (Edmonton Sun)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have summoned defenseman Tim Erixon. The 22-year-old was taken with the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. (

With New York Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov sideline, 23-year-old Kevin Poulin is being given a big opportunity. (Newsday)

Despite suffering some significant injuries along the way, the Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t looking bad through 20 games. (Toronto Sun)