PHT Morning Skate: Devils partner with William Hill; Housley’s future

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• Ever wonder what Little Caesars Arena looks like in the form of 30,000 Legos? Wonder no more. [MLive]

• The New Jersey Devils team are now the second NHL team to ink a deal with bookmaker William Hill. [Forbes]

• Like gifs? Check out the NHL on NBC gif page. [Giphy]

• Los Angeles Kings GM Rob Blake on the team’s start. [LA Times]

John Tavares’ first trip back to face his old team will now be played at Nassau Coliseum on Feb. 28. The New York Islanders will now play 21 games this season at their old barn on Long Island. [Islanders]

• Time for the Calgary Flames to say goodbye to Mike Smith. [Yahoo]

• The upcoming seven-game homestand would be a good chance to start a turnaround for the St. Louis Blues. [Post-Dispatch]

• It’s easy to point out the Anaheim Ducks’ flaws, but fixing them might require some patience. [OC Register]

• Should the Buffalo Sabres fire Phil Housley or keep him a little longer? [Die by the Blade]

• Meanwhile, Housley was none too happy with his team during Wednesday’s practice. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• Excuses? Keep them away from Henrik Lundqvist. The New York Rangers netminder is thinking about winning only. [NY Post]

• Former NHLer Peter Worrell writes about the racist incident in his hockey career that’s stayed with him. [CBC]

• A chat with Mike Bolt, one of the keepers of the Stanley Cup. [RMNB]

• A great interview with NBC’s Jeremy Roenick about his iconic status in NHL ’94. [Puck Junk]

• What adjustments, if any, is Todd McLellan making for the Edmonton Oilers? [Oil on Whyte]

• Can Zach Parise keep up this level of production with the Minnesota Wild? [Gone Puck Wild]

• The NWHL is changing up its playoff format and now all five teams will compete for the Isobel Cup. [The Ice Garden]

• When talking about the Pittsburgh Penguins’ greatest defensemen, where does Kris Letang rank? [Pensburgh]

• With a new arena sponsorship from Hertz, the ECHL’s Florida Everblades will be playing on yellow ice when they open up their season this weekend. [Scotty Wazz]

• Finally, here’s Teemu Hartikainen scoring a goal…with his face in the KHL: