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PHT Morning Skate: Where the Red Wings still stink on the road

Mar 11, 2012, 9:01 AM EDT

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.

Know how the Red Wings had that record-long home winning streak? They’d like to just string a couple together on the road where they’re 16-18-1 away from Joe Louis Arena. With how tight things are in the West, they might have to start on the road in the playoffs. (Detroit Free Press)

Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues set a team record for wins at home in their win over Columbus with 29 victories at Scottrade Center. If the season ended today, they’d have home ice throughout the playoffs. (Post-Dispatch)

Speaking of using home ice to your advantage, that’s what the Panthers would like to do that very much. (Sun-Sentinel)

Bruce Boudreau wasn’t exactly happy with Dallas’ Stephane Robidas for his hit on Corey Perry after the Ducks’ loss to the Stars. (Dallas Morning News)

Andrei Markov on playing his first game in 17 months last night: “I’m like… happy, you know?” Nice. (Montreal Gazette)

Tuukka Rask is trying to keep his head up while he’s on the shelf with a lower-body injury. (

Video fun-time: Claude Giroux‘s shootout-winning goal came on a move he’s calling “The Datsyuk.” (

After getting dehydrated badly in his last start, Tampa Bay’s Dustin Tokarski is finding a better pregame routine. (Tampa Tribune)

The Kings would like to just salvage their latest road trip. Good luck doing that in Chicago tonight. (L.A. Kings Insider)

It’s that time of year where teams sign college free agents. The Predators got a tough one in Jack McLellan from Brown University. (Predators)

Finally, take a look at the wicked hit to the head for potential 2012 No. 1 overall pick Nail Yakupov took last night during his junior game. The hit came courtesy of recently signed Islanders prospect Mike Halmo. (YouTube)

  1. takingbovadasmoney - Mar 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Maybe the Red Wings have lost 5 of their last 6 on the road because Datsyuk, Howard, Lidstrom, Bertuzzi are all out. This “rest” may help them come playoff time.

  2. paperlions - Mar 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    The top 4 home records in the NHL

    1) St Louis
    2) Detroit
    3) Nashville
    4) Chicago

    Maybe, just maybe, their mediocre road record is a result of their division being full of excellent home ice teams.

    • bcisleman - Mar 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      I am a diehard Isles fan, but I have to admit that they are not an excellent home ice team…and yet they destroyed DET at the Coliseum 5-1. In fact, they are the only team that has not lost to DET in regulation since the lockout. Record is 5-0-1. Go figure!

      • polegojim - Mar 11, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        Isle’s are not a serious contender. Unfortunately, Detroit plays down to those types of teams.

      • bensawesomeness - Mar 11, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        DET’s first loss of the season was against the then-winless Blue Jackets. polegojim’s right, they tend to let the non-contenders beat them

  3. hockinj25 - Mar 11, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    It’s basically the Griffins playing out there so I’m not worried about their recent performance.

  4. bcisleman - Mar 11, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    The hit on Yakupov is way overrated. The only reason it was a headshot at all was because he ducked his head down at the last moment when it was too late for Halmo to avoid him. I am in favor of all headshots being banned in NA hockey as they are in intl play, but, under existing rules, this was a completely legit hit.

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