PHT Morning Skate: Frustrated McDavid; Habs embracing playoff hunt


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• Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid on his frustration level after being eliminated from playoff contention: “It’s really high, it’s really, really high. We want to play in the playoffs as a team. I personally want to play in the playoffs. I’m not happy about it. It’s going to be a long summer.” [Edmonton Sun]

• Injuries are poor execution are the story of the 2018-19 Minnesota Wild. [Star Tribune]

• The Wild have inked Clarkson’s top scorer, Nico Sturm, to a one-year, entry-level deal. [Wild]

• As the Tampa Bay Lightning seek history, don’t expect any players to be rested during this final week. [The Hockey News]

• The Dallas Stars’ run to the postseason has been helped by the play of both of their goaltenders. [Defending Big D]

• How offense is more impactful than good defense in trying to find success. [TSN]

• The line of Nick Bjugstad, Dominik Simon and Patric Hornqvist is clicking at the right time for the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Pensburgh]

• Who will end up the GM of the NHL Seattle franchise? [Seattle Times]

• Previewing the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship, which begins later this week. The U.S. is looking for a fifth straight gold medal. [Sporting News]

• The Montreal Canadiens are embracing the challenge that is ahead of them in trying to grab an Eastern Conference playoff spot. []

Jesper Bratt is done for the season and Taylor Hall could very well be next for the New Jersey Devils. []

• There’s lot to get right for the San Jose Sharks as the playoffs approach. [NBC Bay Area]

• One of those things is the play of goaltender Martin Jones. [The Point]

• Los Angeles youth hockey team suspends three coaches, 15 players for anti-Semitic video [USA Today]

Luke Schenn’s played well enough in Vancouver that he could get an extension from the Canucks. [Province]

• Finally, check out the first episode of “Puckland,” NBC Sports’ six-part mini-documentary on the first season of the ECHL’s Maine Mariners:


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.