PHT Morning Skate: MacDonald injury means opportunity; Pacioretty primed for better year

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• A six-week injury diagnosis for Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald means opportunities for Philly’s up-and-comers. (

• Josh Gorges isn’t done with the NHL if the NHL isn’t done with him. (The Hockey Writers)

• Despite the madness surrounding him, Max Pacioretty appears destined for a better season. (

• This past season’s Hobey Baker winner is looking to follow Brock Boeser‘s path to the NHL. (Sportsnet)

• Five coaches facing the most pressure this season. (The Hockey News)

• Golden Knights forward Keegan Kolesar looking to emulate someone Vegas fans might not like too much. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

• Rob Brind’Amour runs 5K race. (Charlotte Observer)

• OHL goalie asks for trade. Trade works out, he becomes No. 1 and now is heading to the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect challenge. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

• The Humboldt Broncos will take the ice later this week, the first time since the horrific bus crash that claimed the lives of 16 people. (The Canadian Press)

• The Bruins have some big upside in Wiley Sherman. (Boston Globe)

• The NHL isn’t changing its cannabis policy with federal legalization looming in Canada. (Civilized)

• There’s no doubt in Nathan MacKinnon‘s mind regarding the Nate Schmidt PED suspension. (The Score)

Colin White wants to be an 82-game man. (Ottawa Sun)

• Demolition of KeyArena won’t begin until Seattle has an NHL team. (MyNorthwest)

• Here’s a sports fan’s guide to Twitch, an online streaming platform. (

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