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PHT Morning Skate: Pancakes with Penner

Jan 12, 2012, 9:01 AM EST

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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.

Give Dustin Penner credit: he might be a big wobbly punching bag to hockey snarksters, but the guy has a sense of humor. Want proof? He’s putting together a “Pancakes with Penner” raffle to benefit charitable causes. (MayorsManor via Puck Daddy)

Shawn Thornton‘s verbal sparring partner Tony Gallagher trots out an eye-rolling annual trope: will the rest of the NHL try to ape [insert previous season's champion]? In this case, Gallagher wonders if other teams will attempt to beat everyone up, because it’s not like the Boston Bruins employ arguably the best goalie and defenseman in the league or anything … (Vancouver Province)

Tomas Kundratek reflects on his NHL debut with the Washington Capitals. (CSNWashington.com)

Kerry Fraser gives a rundown on the recent string of penalty shots. (TSN)

Marc Savard is returning to Boston tonight, but he won’t be in a Bruins uniform. Instead, he will host a luxury suite gathering of pediatric patient at Children’s Hospital Boston. (CSNNE.com)

Katie Baker waxes on hockey player nicknames. (Grantland)

Bruce Dowbiggin has a great piece on guys like Pierre McGuire and Ray Ferraro who are brave enough to analyze games from between the players’ benches … and all the stories/colorful language they can’t share. (The Globe & Mail)

The good, the bad and the ugly from the first half of the Philadelphia Flyers’ tumultuous 2010-11 season. (CSNPhilly.com)

The New Jersey Devils are allowing and generating more shorthanded goals than anyone else in the NHL so far this season. (Boston.com and NJ.com)

Here is one of those league-leading 11 penalty kill tallies, via Ilya Kovalchuk:

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