PHT Morning Skate: Lightning’s awesome PK; Briere enjoying life as GM

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• The Tampa Bay Lightning’s penalty kill has been lights out so far this season. (

• The Vancouver Canucks may have a hard time scoring goals without Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser in their lineup. (Sportsnet)

• Don’t expect the Hurricanes to trade away some of their depth on defense to add more scoring punch. They might just wait it out. (Featurd)

• Puck Junk has a review of the movie Ahockalypse. Let’s just say the review isn’t totally flattering. (Puck Junk)

• The Hockey News does a round-by-round breakdown of the NHL players and where they were drafted. (The Hockey News)

• Sometimes it takes players time to fit in to a new team, but Elias Lindholm has been terrific for Calgary. (

• Everyone knows Alex Ovechkin for his ability to score from almost anywhere, but his passing game is pretty underrated. (Washington Post)

• The Score sat down for a Q & A with former NHL goalie Curtis Joseph. They talked about his new book, the challenges of playing goal at the pro level and his decision to join the Maple Leafs. (The Score)

• Daniel Briere is keeping busy these days, as he’s been serving as the general manager of the ECHL’s Maine Mariners. (

• After going through a tough year in 2017-18, Jason Spezza seems to have found his game again. (

• Don’t expect Devils head coach John Hynes to break up with top line of Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri just so that he could get the rest of team going. (

• Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher rattles off his top five sports idols. There’s a hockey player, a soccer player, a golfer, a football player and a baseball player. (NHLPA)

• Former Leafs star Mats Sundin isn’t shocked by the fact that the team is asking its star players to take a discount. (Canadian Press)

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