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PHT Morning Skate: Panthers are so hot, they’re stripping in practice

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Stephen Weiss would rather you not give a nickname to his line with Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann.They will do a strip shootout in practice though. (On Frozen Pond)

If the Ducks are going to turn things around, it’s going to be up to the players and not coach Randy Carlyle to make it happen. (OC Register)

Duncan Keith is owning his poor play so far this season in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)

Steve Mason probably has a concussion due to Rick Nash’s shot off his head in practice. Maybe it’ll knock some good goaltending back into him when he feels better. (Puck Rakers)

Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia has some double-secret hockey skills as well as being a baseball pro. Someone should get the Maple Leafs on that. (Sportsnet)

Cam Fowler is also owning up to his mistakes. Any other defensemen out there want to say, “My bad?” (OC Register)

The Blackhawks’ Vegas vacation may be just the thing to make them forget about getting lit up by the Oilers. (ESPN Chicago)

Remember the red balloon in Washington we told you about yesterday? It’s got it’s own t-shirt and Twitter account now. Oh, Caps fans. (Russian Machine Never Breaks, @RallyBalloon,

Matt Carkner will be back soon and he’ll keep cracking jokes too. (Ottawa Sun)

Florida’s Shawn Matthias is lucky to escape the watchful eye of Sauron, I mean, Brendan Shanahan. (Fire & Ice)

Meanwhile, Shanahan is happy that players are adapting to the rules the right way. (TSN)

Finally, Toronto’s Matt Frattin made a pass to Joe Colborne to set him up for his first NHL goal was something ridiculous. (NHL)

PHT Morning Skate: You’ve got to follow your balloon

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

A pair of red balloons invaded the Caps 4-3 win over Phoenix. If you think this went unnoticed by Caps faithful, you don’t know them very well do you? (Hockey News, Japers Rink, Washington Times)

Just because it was a red balloon taking the focus off the Caps, here’s a clip from skit comedy show Mr. Show to celebrate the red balloon. This might not be safe for work, be warned. (YouTube)

The Islanders’ loss to Pittsburgh sent their all-time record to .500 and that’s perfectly average. (NYI Skinny)

Patrice Bergeron can relate to Sidney Crosby pretty well when it comes to coming back from concussions. (Globe & Mail)

Chris Pronger is feeling ill while Braydon Coburn has a kidney bruise. Um, ouch. (

Leafs forward Matt Lombardi has a dislocated shoulder. As a shoulder injury sympathizer, let me say, “Ouch, babe.” (TSN)

Curious why Bruce Boudreau benched Alex Semin? Check out his thoughts here. (

Anton Volchenkov suffered a pretty serious cut against Florida. (Fire & Ice)

T.J. Oshie might be back tonight for St. Louis. (Post-Dispatch)

Finally, if you haven’t seen the hypnotic magic of the red balloon that hypnotized fans durin the Caps-Coyotes game, you can enjoy it now. (NHL)