PHT Morning Skate: ‘Fresh’ Flames ready to play; WJC summer hopes

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• The Flames, having not played since Dec. 11, will resume action on Thursday in Seattle and are feeling fresh. [TSN]

• Despite the cancellation, the IIHF is hoping to finish the 2022 World Junior Championship sometime in the summer. [The Hockey News]

• “The IIHF originally forged ahead with its money maker, an under-20 tournament for men, while cancelling the women’s under-18 world championship quicker than Connor Bedard’s release. The optics were poor, and perhaps that karma came to Edmonton to roost.” [Sportsnet]

Evgeni Malkin, who could return to the Penguins’ lineup in the next 10 days, is eager to get going again: “[M]y knee is like 200% stronger.” [Tribune-Review]

• The new NHL COVID-19 protocols could mean the Flyers see Carter Hart and Sean Couturier sooner than originally expected. [Inquirer]

• Taking a look at the masks for goalies involved in Saturday’s Winter Classic between the Blues and Wild. [Hockey by Design]

• Three weeks after leaving a game on a stretcher, Blackhawks forward Jujhar Khaira could be back Saturday against Nashville. [ESPN]

• What’s going on with the Rangers’ offense? [Gotham Sports Network]

• The Islanders have been very used to playing with players missing from their lineup. [NY Hockey Now]

• How do the Sharks go about boosting their offensive production? [NBC Sports Bay Area]

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

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