PHT Morning Skate: Would Hawks be better off if Avs finish ahead of them?

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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.

Could it actually be to the Chicago Blackhawks’ advantage if the Colorado Avalanche start their first round series at home? (CSN Chicago)

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Loui Eriksson, in large part due to concussion problems, hasn’t had the debut season he was looking for with Boston, but he’s been great lately and is set to be a big factor in the playoffs. (CSN New England)

Nathan Horton might become the answer to an odd trivia question. (Sports Illustrated)

Goaltender Cory Schneider felt last night’s 1-0 loss to the Calgary Flames served as a nice summation of the New Jersey Devils’ season. (Star-Ledger)

Nathan Gerbe has been a bright spot in an otherwise dreary season for the Carolina Hurricanes. (News & Observer)

The Toronto Maple Leafs, which at one point looked like a safe bet to make the playoffs, might be officially eliminated tonight. (Toronto Sun)