PHT Morning Skate: Kovalchuk paying off; Golden Knights’ flaws

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• The Hockey News breaks down good, bad and ugly numbers. (The Hockey News)

Auston Matthews is getting a heavy workload early in games and it’s helping him. (TSN)

• The Ilya Kovalchuk signing is paying off for him and the Canadiens. He might continue to get even better. (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

• Justin Williams doesn’t need the ‘C’ to be a leader for the Hurricanes. (Cardiac Cane)

• The Leafs probably shouldn’t be a player at the trade deadline. (Leafs Nation)

Noel Acciari has been an important part of the Panthers this season. (Rat Trick)

• Could the Penguins still get their hands on Taylor Hall? (Pensburgh)

• It’s almost like the Avs need to feel like underdogs. (Mile High Sticking)

• The Coyotes are finding out just how much they rely on goaltending. (Arizona Republic)

• The Ducks could take on bad contracts if it means adding an asset or two. (Anaheim Calling)

• The Golden Knights have legitimate flaws that they should be concerned about. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• ICYMI: Watch this feature on Nate Thompson, who battled addiction for years. (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.