PHT Morning Skate: The Dundon Effect; Laine eager for Finland show

1 Comment

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.

• Laine is eager to play hockey in front of his country with games later this week vs.the Florida Panthers in Finland. (Winnipeg Sun)

• The Tom Dundon Effect has transformed Carolina in less than a year. (Forbes)

Robin Lehner looks like his old self again, which is to say he looks good. (FanSided)

• It is, and will always be, the greatest hockey game ever made. (NHL.com)

• Here is a look at all the last place teams in the Eastern Conference. (Medium)

• Is it time for a line-change overhaul in Vegas? (SinBin Vegas)

• Hockey goal differential by period and a look at the Hurricanes first 10 games. (Section 328)

• The Philadelphia Flyers continue to carry baggage from yesteryears. (FanSided)

Lawson Crouse‘s hybrid-style game has endeared himself to the Arizona Coyotes. (AZ Central)

Elias Lindholm is fitting in quite well with the Calgary Flames. (Sportsnet)

• Soccer? Ping Pong? Nah. Damon Severson plays baseball pre-game. (NJ.com)

• The Chicago Blackhawks have risen from the dead in the Central Division. Here are 10 thoughts on that. (NBC Sports Chicago)

• Man, Boston has one hell of a top line. But how do the Bruins get more secondary scoring? (Bruins Daily)

• With the Red Wings struggling mightily, Arby’s has lowered the requirements to one of its game-day promotions. (ESPN)

• Are the Ottawa Senators lucky? (Silver Seven)

• Here are more words on William Nylander — this time on the benefits of signing a bridge deal. (Maple Leafs Nation)

• This is not a record: Jonathan Quick is day-to-day. (LA Kings Insider)

• Penguins to hold a collection Tuesday for the victims of last week’s synagogue shooting. (Pittsburgh Penguins)

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: Best still to come for MacKinnon; Crosby vs. McDavid set for showdown

3 Comments

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.

Brendan Gallagher‘s line is slowly turning into one of the best trios in the NHL. (Eyes on the Prize)

• Maple Leafs focusing on work ethic to break out of their slump. (Sportsnet)

• Canadian legalization of cannabis has spawned plenty of questions of how it pertains to the NHL. (Last Word on Hockey)

• Curtis Joseph has a new book coming out about his life on and off the ice and his tough upbringing. (The Peterborough Examiner)

• The NHL needs a domestic violence policy. (The Varsity)

• He’s one part of one of the NHL’s best shutdown lines, and he’s also one of the league’s best faceoff men. (Winnipeg Free Press)

• The NHL season is less than a month old and some are already feeling the heat. (USA Today)

• McDavid vs. Crosby set for Tuesday night showdown. Savor it, hockey fans. (Sportsnet)

• The Canucks are off to a great start, but can they avoid the Crap Mantle? (The Province)

• “Get pucks deep” and all those other garbage cliches are starting to make way for honesty. (The Athletic)

• Why the best is yet to come for Nathan MacKinnon. (ESPN)

• More pot talk: This time, the NHL alumni association says they’d be all in on cannabis if science shows its worth. (The Score)

• Jordin Tootoo believes his NHL career was a great run. (Nashville Post)


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: McDavid or Matthews?; Goalie concussion concern

Getty Images
11 Comments

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 best player in the NHL debate rages on. (NHL.com)

Corey Crawford‘s lengthy absence due to a concussion has the NHL worried. (TSN.ca)

• Power play goals are up (as is scoring) in the NHL season. Here’s an analysis as to why. (Sportsnet)

• Your team might have one. Here’s a list of the NHL’s underperforming stars. (ESPN)

• Matt and Ashley Duchene brought out the creativity to announce their pregnancy. (Daily Hive)

• Like arena food? Here are some tasty looking options coming to a rink near you. (Business Wire)

• An excellent story here on the biggest “tells” in hockey. (The Athletic)

• The NHL paid USA Hockey to support the US Women’s National Team. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

• A story on the wonderful art of fly-by stick replacement in the NHL. (Sports Illustrated)

• The search for Seattle’s AHL affiliate is on. (Sonics Rising)

• Tomas Hyka’s NHL odyssey lands him on the Golden Knights second line. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

• On Duncan Keith and his unfinished legacy. (The Hockey Writers)

• Ken Holland isn’t looking over his shoulder with Steve Yzerman on the horizon. (Sportsnet)


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: Pastrnak’s rise to superstardom; Gritty now in costume form

4 Comments

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.

William Nylander hasn’t asked for a trade nor have the Maple Leafs been shopping him. (Sportsnet)

• An inside look at the Calgary Flames’ decision between Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm at the 2013 NHL Draft. (Calgary Sun)

• Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen sported Anaheim Ducks-inspired cleats this weekend. (NHL.com)

• Can you guess who leads the NHL at 24 minutes a night? (Edmonton Journal)

David Pastrnak coming into his own as a superstar in the NHL. (Metro US)

• Evgeny Kuznetsov and Brett Connolly’s failed fist bump is the NHL’s GIF of the year. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

Tyler Seguin talks misconceptions about some of the NHL’s most controversial players. (SportsDay)

• Gritty is now a Halloween costume because of course he is. (NHL.com)

• NHL players come from all ends of the earth. Here’s a breakdown. (The Hockey News)

Austin Watson and his curious case. (Toronto Star)

• Ottawa Senators veterans opening their homes to the team’s future. (Ottawa Sun)

Lars Eller doesn’t believe in the Maple Leafs. (TSN.ca)

Frederik Andersen is doing something he doesn’t normally do: get off to a good start. (Toronto Star)


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: Bergeron thriving after limited preseason; No panic over Boeser

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.

Patrice Bergeron missed most of training camp to try and rid himself of back spasms. So far, he’s shown no signs of rust. (Bruins Daily)

• The Pittsburgh Penguins are in a situation again where everyone is talking about their goaltenders. (Pensburgh)

• The Colorado Avalanche should make haste and sign Mikko Rantanen ASAP. (Mile High Hockey)

• The Jan Kovar Experiment hasn’t worked out. (Lighthouse Hockey)

• Speaking of the New York Islanders — a change in defensive structure has changed their perception thus far. (Sporting News)

• Edmonton Oilers called “scabs” in Boston. (CBC)

Robert Thomas is moving into Keith Tkachuk’s basement. (St. Louis Blues)

• Mental health education coming to the forefront in the NHL. (Calgary Herald)

• Erik Johnson and Sam Girard have formed quite the partnership on the Avs’ blue line. (The Denver Post)

• All Kasperi Kapanen needed was a chance to shine. He’s now basking in the light he’s been given. (Maple Leafs Nation)

• The Vancouver Canucks haven’t hit the panic button on the goalless Brock Boeser. (Sportsnet)

• With the Dallas Stars having a great start to the new season, here’s a list of things they shouldn’t partake in. (Blackout Dallas)


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