PHT Morning Skate: Capitals remain supportive of Erat after trade request

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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.

Martin Erat is getting plenty of support from his teammates after demanding a trade. (Washington Post)

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With the New York Islanders rapidly fading, John Tavares is facing his first big trial as an NHL captain. (Newsday)

St. Louis Blues goaltending prospect Jake Allen has been great with the AHL Chicago Wolves this season. Blues GM Doug Armstrong called Allen a “victim of circumstance,” but that could change given that both Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott are in the final season of their respective contracts. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are on the verge of their 300th straight sellout. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Buffalo Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan spoke yesterday about the importance of doing “the simple things.” (Buffalo News)

Florida Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski is working out, but there’s still no timetable for his return from a hip injury. (Miami Herald)

Highlights from Dallas’ 6-3 win over Anaheim: