PHT Morning Skate: Crosby’s 500th, Blue Jackets’ new hope, goalies on Lundqvist’s contract

10 Comments

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.

Sidney Crosby will play in his 500th game tonight, but he can’t help but think about how much quicker it would have come if hadn’t been slowed by injuries. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a $4,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Thursday’s NHL games. It’s $25 to join and first prize is $1,000. Starts Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

With Sergei Bobrovsky projected to miss the next four-to-five weeks, Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is throwing his support behind Curtis McElhinney. (Bluejackets.nhl.com)

Calgary Flames top prospect Johnny Gaudreau is encouraged by the fact that the team is showing a willingness to trust younger players right now. It makes him more comfortable about his chances of playing a significant role once he’s through dominating in the NCAA. (Calgary Herald)

With the New York Islanders fading fast, it’s time to look at who GM Garth Snow could get to shake things up. Of course, the Islanders already acquired forward Thomas Vanek and that hasn’t led to the desired result. (Newsday)

Speaking of teams that are slumping, the Florida Panthers aren’t ready to throw in the towel in December. (Miami Herald)

Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy isn’t a fan of advanced statistics like Corsi or Fenwick. (Denver Post)

Former NHL goaltender Martin Biron thinks Henrik Lundqvist’s game will improve now that the weight of his ongoing contract negotiations has been lifted from his shoulders. Meanwhile, Roberto Luongo, er, Strombone offers a word of warning. (Biron/Luongo)

Highlights from Philadelphia’s 6-3 win over Detroit: