PHT Morning Skate: No surgery needed for McDavid; Pens need top line production

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Connor McDavid should be ready for the start of the regular season. (TSN)

• Although the series isn’t over yet, the Tampa Bay Lightning have totally fallen apart since the second period of Game 1. (Scotty Wazz)

• Even though the Islanders are one game away from advancing to the second round, they’re not looking past the Penguins. (New York Post)

• The Pittsburgh Penguins are on the brink of elimination, and the fact that they haven’t received a point from their top line is a big reason why. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

Nazem Kadri‘s hearing with the department of player safety is set for today. How many games will he get? (Leafs Nation)

• Yes, Kadri’s antics have been the focus of the series, but another under-the-radar storyline is that the Bruins defense is starting to get banged up. (

• The Ice Garden breaks down the controversial call in the Women’s World Hockey Championship final. (The Ice Garden)

• Golden Knights players trust that their organization will make the best decisions for them. That’s why Nikita Gusev’s signing was made possible. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• Let’s take a deeper look at the line matchups in Game 2 of the series between the Flames and Avalanche. It’s strange to see the matchup get away from the Flames because they were the home team. (Flames Nation)

Rocco Grimaldi has become an important part of the Predators lineup heading into Game 3. (On the Forecheck)

• The Mats Zuccarello acquisition has already worked out well for the Dallas Stars. (Dallas Morning News)

• Years after delivering a crushing hit against Erik Cole, Brooks Orpik is taking on the Carolina Hurricanes again. (News and Observer)

• The Edmonton Oilers should look into bringing Ralph Krueger back into the organization. (Edmonton Journal)

• The AHL released the first-round schedule for the Calder Cup Playoffs. (Calder Cup)

• There’s a scandal surrounding a $2 million scholarship fund that was set up after the Humboldt Bus Crash. (CBC)

• Don Cherry doesn’t think that Elias Pettersson should win the Calder Trophy. (Daily Hive)

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