PHT Morning Skate: Ovechkin’s expectations; Spezza, Thornton boosting Leafs

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• Why Alex Ovechkin‘s production so far this season at 5-on-5 is exceeding expectations. [Japers’ Rink]

• How age will play a big factor in how the Seattle Kraken go about selecting their initial roster. [Sound of Hockey]

• Sean Burke is the new director of goaltending for the Canadiens after Stéphane Waite was fired Tuesday night. [Canadiens]

• Examining why Jack Eichel is having a down season. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• Gray beards Joe Thornton and Jason Spezza have been a boon to the Maple Leafs’ depth. [Sportsnet]

Carey Price or Jake Allen? The goaltending decision will a day-to-day one for Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme. [TSN]

• Bad times are easily erased away with wins, says Drew Doughty. [Mayor’s Manor]

• Here’s the update from Nashville: Ryan Ellis has an upper-body injury, out 4-6 weeks; Luke Kunin out with a lower-body injury (2-4 weeks); Ryan Johansen on the NHL’s COVID protocol list. [Predators]

• The great start by the Panthers can be attributed to their resilience. [Panther Parkway]

• The Senators are moving in the right direction. Whether it stays like that is a different story. [Featurd]

• The Flyers will welcome 3,100 fans in for home games beginning this weekend. [NBC Sports Philadelphia]

• Zayde Wisdom could be a part of the Flyers’ bright future. [Broad Street Hockey]

Trevor Zegras gives the Ducks hope that winning days are ahead. [Rotoworld]

• Now it gets real for the Blackhawks as their March schedule gets tougher. [NBC Sports Chicago]


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

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