PHT Morning Skate: 10 best games of 2018; Okposo’s slump

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• The Point Hockey argues that most of what Stars president Jim Lites said about Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin simply isn’t true. (The Point)

• A lot of hockey games were played in 2018. The Hockey News looks back at the 10 best ones. There’s NHL games, Olympic tilts and CWHL contests, too. (The Hockey News)

• Ty Smith impressed the Devils during their 2018 training camp, now he’s playing a big role with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship. (TSN.ca)

• Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana is a special place for a Winter Classic to take place. (NHL.com)

• Sports Illustrated looks at the way the Blackhawks and Bruins’ Winter Classic jerseys came together. (Sports Illustrated)

• The Score breaks down five storylines that dominated the NHL in 2018. (The Score)

• Lightning GM Julien BriseBois asses his team’s performance in the first half of their season. Let’s just say there’s not much to complain about. (NHL.com/Lightning)

• Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is going through a huge slump right now. He has one more game to pick up his first point of December. (Buffalo Hockey Beat)

• With season-ticket renewals expiring at the end of this season, the Edmonton Oilers couldn’t have picked a worse time to go through another slump. (Edmonton Sun)

• Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk is blogging ahead of Tuesday’s Winter Classic. “I played a lot outdoors, especially growing up in Edmonton. We would go after school or even sometimes during recess, we’d play mini sticks in the snow, anything we could do to get out there playing hockey.” (NHL.com)

• Peter Chiarelli made two trades on Sunday. Those moves would indicate that he and this Oilers team is desperate for success. (Sportsnet)

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.

 

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