PHT Morning Skate: Vegas continues to roll, Hischier’s hand injury, Jets coming of age

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• Up top, check out the onslaught put on by the Vegas Golden Knights in their blowout win against the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round matchup.

• Five reasons the Vegas Golden Knights continue to thrive as NHL’s most-successful expansion team (USA Today)

• What If The Golden Knights Just Never Lose? (Deadspin)

• NHL Referees and Linesmen for Round 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Scouting the Refs)

• There’s no shortage of opinions on whether NHL draft lottery is working (Ottawa Sun)

• A bevy of blueliners may await Canucks in NHL draft lottery (The Province)

• An analytical preview of the second round of the NHL playoffs (

• Subban trying ‘to have a little bit of fun’ with Predators in playoffs (

• Hischier played through hand injury during rookie season with Devils (

• Few players have had more Stanley Cup near-misses than Sharks veteran Paul Martin (ESPN)

• Where did it all go wrong? A postmortem for Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Yardbarker)

• Five storylines to look for in the second round of the NHL playoffs (The Canadian Press)

• Predators vs Jets: Did Winnipeg take early lead on social media? (Tennessean)

• The Winnipeg Jets Are An Insufferable (But Talented) Hockey Team (On the Forecheck)

• Growing up: Jets come of age (Winnipeg Sun)

• Predators’ silent second line needs to step up to beat Winnipeg Jets (Tennessean)

• Much-maligned Adam McQuaid may have saved the Bruins’ season (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

• The Lightning is fun, but does its playoff run translate into dollars for Tampa? (Tampa Bay Times)

• A party 31 years in the making, we look back on life in 1987 (Winnipeg Sun)

• Leksand’s Leon Reuterström publicly comes out as transgender, retires from women’s hockey (The Ice Garden)

• Bruce Cassidy proves his Jack Adams worth in Game 7 (Bruins Daily)

• Humboldt survivor has breakthrough as support continues to pour in (Sportsnet)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck