PHT Morning Skate: Support for St. Louis; Kassian, Keith out weeks

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• Former teammates and coaches have faith that Martin St. Louis will do a great job in Montreal. [NHL.com]

• “Some say it’s fitting it was a Tippett guy, goaltender Mike Smith, in the crease against Chicago for his last game. Tippett planned to go with call-up Stuart Skinner in the second of back-to-backs, but Smith, having struggled mightily after two stretches out with injuries, insisted he wanted the paint. Tippett capitulated. He made the wrong call. The Oilers lost. Adios.” [Oilers Nation]

• New head coach but new worries for the Oilers. Duncan Keith will be out 2-4 week with a concussion while Zack Kassian will miss 1-2 months with a fractured jaw. [TSN]

• The U.S. women got by Czechia 4-1 to advance to the Olympic semifinals. They’ll face either Finland or Japan next. [NBC Olympics]

• Canadian goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens thought her playing days were coming to an end following the 2018 Olympics. Now she’s helping Canada in the 2022 tournament. [On Her Turf]

• Interesting interactive look at the all-time records in men’s Olympic hockey. [Puck Junk]

• Cammi Granato, new assistant GM in Vancouver, has had a long journey in hockey. [Sportsnet]

• Italian subs and Dr. Pepper are part of Alex Ovechkin‘s diet secrets. [Washington Hockey Now]

• How will Tuukka Rask‘s retirement affect the Bruins’ goaltending the rest of this season? [NBC Sports Boston]

• Some fantasy hockey nuggets to close out your week. [NBC Sports Edge]

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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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