PHT Morning Skate: Lightning best ever? Capitals most improved?

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• The Tampa Bay Lightning are the best hockey team ever assembled. (Yahoo Sports)

• Just days before the one-year anniversary of the horrific and tragic events with the Humboldt Broncos, survivors are embracing hockey and one another on the uncertain path forward. (The Score)

• Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door: The Logan Schatz Story. (TSN)

Connor McDavid‘s frustrations are reverberating across the hockey world. (Sportsnet)

• Sticking with the Oilers, the team’s management shouldn’t dismiss McDavid’s and other’s warning shots. (Edmonton Journal)

• NHL player tracking system plans to use ‘obsolete’ optical option. (ESPN)

• The Washington Capitals are the most improved team in the NHL. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

Anthony Duclair proving himself a valuable reclamation project for rebuilding Senators. (Sporting News)

• Veteran Justin Williams has led the Carolina Hurricanes back to relevance, and perhaps the postseason, too. (The Hockey News)

• With home-ice advantage clinched, should the Boston Bruins start resting some of its stable? (Black ‘n’ Gold Hockey Podcast)

• Are the Winnipeg Jets better off not finishing in first place in the Central Division? (Fansided)

• A cost-benefit analysis of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s final two games. (Tampa Bay Times)

• After a monster goal for the Habs on Tuesday, Artturi Lehkonen is finally getting rewarded for his solid play. (Eyes on the Prize)

Kyle Okposo and the Buffalo Sabres have welcomed a teenage hockey player who has been subjected to racial abuse. (

• He’s not playing much, but Keith Kinkaid is tweeting a lot. Here’s a ranking of his best tweets since getting dealt to Columbus. (1st Ohio Battery)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck