PHT Morning Skate: Caps’ incredible depth; How Kucherov dominates

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• Find out how Spanish announcers translate english hockey terms to fit their own broadcasts. (ESPN)

Philipp Grubauer is getting an opportunity to be a starting goaltender in the NHL, but it’s up to him to grab it. (Mile High Hockey)

• Speaking of the Avalanche, they need to figure out a way to add some more depth to their roster. (The Hockey News)

• There’s still an opportunity for certain players to make to the All-Star Game thanks to the fan vote.’s writers debate which players should make it to San Jose later this month. (

• Unlike the Avs, the Capitals have a tremendous amount of depth, and that’s what makes them dangerous. (TSN)

• Here’s a list of resolutions the Columbus Blue Jackets should make for 2019. (The Cannon)

Torey Krug would like to face tougher matchups from now on. (WEEI)

• Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov uses a combination of skill and instincts to dominate at the NHL level. (Tampa Times)

Henrik Borgstrom is ready to take on a bigger role with the Florida Panthers right now. (The Rat Trick)

• Puck Junk looks at the top 10 hockey collectible stories from last year. Yes, Gritty found a way to make it into the post, too. (Puck Junk)

• Former referee Paul Stewart explains that calling two penalty shots on the same play is not unprecedented. (Hockey Buzz)

• Sportsnet breaks down the top seven pending unrestricted free agents on one-year contracts that are now eligible to sign extensions. (Sportsnet)

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