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PHT Morning Skate: Detroit has a backup goalie battle

Feb 6, 2012, 7:13 AM EDT

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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.

Chances are the Red Wings weren’t hoping for a battle between Ty Conklin and Joey MacDonald but that’s what they’ve got now. (Detroit Free Press)

Guy Boucher thinks that Victor Hedman was a “monster” in his first game back from injury. Somewhere Pierre McGuire nods silently in agreement. (Tampa Tribune)

After everything Joffrey Lupul has been through, calling him a “savvy veteran” is an apt description. (TSN)

The investigation over the clock issues at Staples Center are going to be put on hold for the… Grammys? Maybe Lady Gaga has all the answers. (Calgary Sun)

Dmitry Orlov can’t help stopping pucks with his face, something that’s happened in two straight games. (Capitals Insider)

Speaking of guys getting hit in the face, Travis Hamonic is looking like he’ll miss a couple weeks because of a shot in the face. (Islanders Point Blank)

Tyler Myers is playing a lot better of late. (Buffalo News)

The Blues might be playing great, but they’ve got a losing record against their Central Division rivals. (Post-Dispatch)

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