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PHT Morning Skate: Bruins’ special teams nothing special; Dzingel disappointment?

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Here’s the NBC Sports Stanley Cup playoff update for May 2

• The Bruins’ special teams have been anything but. (Bruins Daily)

• Is Ryan Dzingel a disappointment? (The Cannon)

• Game 3 may have been Boone Jenner‘s finest for Columbus. (The Point)

• Pavelski FaceTimed team after Game 3, set to begin skating soon. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

Logan Couture is proving why he’s one of the best playoff performers of his generation. (The Hockey News)

• Avs lament ‘boneheaded’ Game 3 decisions. (NHL.com)

• Rotoworld has their NHL Mock Draft 1.0 up. (Rotoworld)

• It’s Red Wings or bust for Pavel Datsyuk if he returns to the NHL. (MLive)

• Widow of former NHLer Todd Ewen files lawsuit against league. (TSN)

• Oilers taking steps to quell fan angst. (Edmonton Journal)

• Jason Botchford, popular Vancouver sportswriter, dead at 48. (The Province)

• Jack Hughes is going to World Hockey Championships. He’s 17. (ESPN)

• A nice guide Kyle Dubas can follow to fix his defense. (Sportsnet)

• It’s time to trade Evgeni Malkin. (Yahoo Sports)

• Is it time for the Nashville Predators to deal a d-man? (On the Forecheck)


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

PHT Morning Skate: Trotz sets new standard; Babcock on ropes if Maple Leafs wither?

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• In Barry Trotz, the Islanders trust. (New York Times)

• Could the Maple Leafs fire Babcock if they flounder again in the playoffs? (Toronto Star)

• Will the Calgary Flames’ poise and consistency win out over their inexperience? (Sportsnet)

• Apparently, the Steve Yzerman-to-Detroit rumors are a laughing matter in Hockey Town. (Detroit Free Press)

Victor Hedman is back practicing, which is a great sign for the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Tampa Bay Times)

• An interesting look at the wildest Stanley Cup Final ever played. (The Score)

Ryan Kesler may need career-ending hip surgery. (NHL.com)

• Vezina candidate Ben Bishop‘s career year leading the Dallas Stars into the playoffs. (NHL.com)

• A look at the veteran guys getting perhaps their last shot at Lord Stanley. (Puck Junk)

• John Tortorella knows his team is up to the task of facing the dominant Lightning. (1st Ohio Battery)

Brent Burns‘ tremendous season could help propel the Sharks into the playoffs’ deep waters. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

Lars Eller’s car broke down on his way to practice. He abandoned it on Glebe Road. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

• Jack Hughes set to change the game and he’ll be grateful no matter where he goes. (The Detroit News)

Jay Bouwmeester gets one-year contract extension. (St. Louis Blues)

• Jeff Blashill wasn’t out of work for too long. (USA Hockey)

• B.C. minor hockey coach finds kidney donor after an appeal from the team. (CTV)


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

PHT Morning Skate: Reaves hates Wilson; Holtby and Mario Kart

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• Yzerman’s hands all over the Lightning at the present, but future uncertain. (NHL.com)

• Put the best teams in the playoffs, regardless of conference. (USA Today)

• 11 months after their horrifying bus crash, the rebuilt Humboldt Broncos have made the SJHL playoffs. (660 City News)

• A look at how the Metropolitan Division became the NHL’s most hotly-contested race. (Yahoo Sports)

• Not entirely shocking but Ryan Reaves hates Tom Wilson. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

• A list of the 10 most intriguing coaching candidates for Ottawa. (Sportsnet)

• Blues’ star Ryan O'Reilly talks his team’s wild season. (ESPN)

• How the Islanders’ young crop make the team better. (Lighthouse Hockey)

• Re-signing Anders Lee would be a great move by the Islanders. (The Sports Daily)

• ‘It doesn’t take an X or a Y chromosome’: Female officials are coming to the NHL. (Washington Post)

• When Ted Lindsay fought, everybody won. (Deadspin)

Braden Holtby and Mario Kart tattoos. (The Players’ Tribune)

• NHL executive Kim Davis on racism in hockey and growing the game. (The Undefeated)

• Hockey’s diversity in pictures, from pee wee to the pro leagues. (The Color of Hockey)

• The Vancouver Canucks will play meaningful games in March, one way or another. (Canucks Army)

• A look at Tyler Ennis and whether or not the Maple Leafs should re-sign or replace. (The Leafs Nation)

• Should the Devils split the goalie workload 50/50 between Cory Schneider and MacKenzie Blackwood. (FanSided)

• The flu isn’t going to stop Brent Burns‘ charge at the Norris. (NBC Sports Bay Area)


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

PHT Morning Skate: Ted Lindsay remembered; final Humboldt Bronco out of hospital

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• After nearly a year in hospital, the last member of the Humboldt Broncos who was recovering in hospital has been released. (Regina Leader-Post)

• The current playoff format in the NHL will not be debated at the GM meetings this week. (TSN)

• Tributes from former Red Wings on the late Ted Lindsay, who passed away on Monday. (Detroit Free Press)

Connor McDavid talks Ted Lindsay, the man who was not afraid to stand up to anyone. (Times Herald)

• Familiar faces behind the bench in Ottawa. (Ottawa Citizen)

Mark Giordano isn’t just due a Norris Trophy — he deserves it. (Yahoo Sports)

• The Nashville Predators are embracing their late-season adversity. (NHL.com)

Patrick Marleau set to hang up his (literal) skates. (Sportsnet)

• One hell of a week has the Dallas Stars poised for a playoff push despite a helping of adversity. (Dallas Morning News)

• Are the Calgary Flames built for the playoffs? (FanSided)

• Calgary’s other son, Bret Hart, honors Jarome Iginla. (ESPN)

• Buffalo’s road to the playoffs is daunting at best. (The Hockey News)

• Where has this season gone? Here’s a mock draft for the 2019 NHL Draft. (Sporting News)

• Gritty’s Wrestlemania t-shirt. (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

• Ducks heading to a historic year in goal scoring, but it’s not the good history kind. (Orange County Register)

• The Montreal Canadiens aren’t the best position to make the postseason. (FanSided)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

PHT Morning Skate: Fans ready for Tavares’ return; Ottawa arena update

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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.

• Lou Lamoriello wants Isles fans to be classy, show John Tavares the respect he deserves. (Newsday)

• “Bloodthirsty” mob expected for Tavares’ return to Long Island. (Sportsnet)

• Isles fans don’t want media lectures of how they should respect, treat Tavares. (Lighthouse Hockey)

• Eugene Melnyk said alternate options will be explored after arena plans shot down. (Ottawa Sun)

• When it comes to goals above replacement, the Vegas Golden Knights got their cornerStone. (Rotoworld)

• Should Mark Stone get the ‘C’ in Vegas? (Sin.Bin Vegas)

• Unsurprisingly, Erik Karlsson‘s health is becoming quite the concern for the San Jose Sharks. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

• The Calgary Flames nearly made a big move the trade deadline. (TSN)

Mats Zuccarello was the New York Rangers. (Gotham Sports Network)

• Speaking of ‘Zuc’, he brought innocence back to hockey. (Blueshirt Banter)

• GM says he did, Jonathan Dahlen said he didn’t — prospect denies demanding trade prior to getting traded on Monday. (Vancouver Courier)

• Flat Stanley given requested ‘adventures’ by Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford. (NHL.com)

• Being a rookie defenseman in the NHL isn’t all that great. (The Hockey News)

• Black women’s love of hockey has evolved into a fan club. (Undefeated)

• A deep dive into who every prospect traded at the deadline fits into their new digs. (Sporting News)

• Q&A with hockey comic creators (Puck Junk)


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck