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PHT Morning Skate: Messages keep getting sent in Washington

Mar 24, 2012, 9:27 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.

Caps coach Dale Hunter benched Jeff Halpern and Keith Aucoin after being on ice for a Jets goal. At what point is this just a pointless gesture to show power? (CSNWashington.com)

Here’s your wacky thought of the day. With the Sabres charging hard in the East, could they actually win the Northeast Division? They’re just five points back of Boston. (Buffalo News)

The Red Wings are getting healthy in time for the end of the season and that’s bad enough news for Carolina tonight. (Detroit Free Press)

Think the Predators are bothered by Pekka Rinne‘s slump? Not a chance. (Tennessean)

The Blues would love to prepare for their first round opponent in the playoffs but no one else in the West wants to help clear that up. (Post-Dispatch)

If your team is out of the playoff picture, the way it is for the Maple Leafs, it’s time to settle in for heavy doses of schadenfreude. (Globe And Mail)

Hey, at least Nazem Kadri showed what he’s capable of for the Leafs last night. (TSN)

Steve Stamkos sure picked a bad time of the year to hit a slump. (Tampa Tribune)

Jonas Hiller has shown what he’s made of dealing with issues this season. (OC Register)

Finally, INCH gets you caught up with yesterday’s goings-on in the NCAA tournament. Congrats to Union College, UMass-Lowell, Cornell, and Ferris State for their wins and their shot at earning a bid to the Frozen Four today. (East Regional, Midwest Regional)

  1. ravenscaps48 - Mar 24, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Messages? Like if Ovechkin looks like the old Ovechkin and scores 2 great goals, that you’ll give him less ice time than Jay Beagle or Troy Brouwer? GET REAL, DALE!!!

    • stakex - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      Yeah i can’t figure that one out. Ovechkin is finally heating up and scoring goals like his old self… yet hes getting less ice time for it. Sure he was on the ice for two goals against last night, including the game winner, but they really weren’t his fault and certainly no reason to limit his ice time. If the Caps are going to make the playoffs, its going to be by riding Ovechkins currently hot hand… and he can’t score goals from the bench.

      The Caps also aren’t going to win if they keep trying to sit on one and two goal leads, which they were clearly doing in the third period last night and the game a couple nights ago when Ovechkin scored in the first minute.

      I think its safe to say, barring the Caps somehow winning the Cup, Hunter (and quite possibly McPhee) will be gone next year. Hes just making so many poor coaching decisions.

      • ravenscaps48 - Mar 24, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        We’re not paying Ovechkin to win the Selke, we’re paying him to score goals. Which he’s been doing lately, but the Goon behind the bench can’t figure out that “Huh, Maybe if I have Ovechkin out on the ice more, it will lead to m

      • ravenscaps48 - Mar 24, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        We’re not paying Ovechkin to win the Selke, we’re paying him to score goals. Which he’s been doing lately, but the Goon behind the bench can’t figure out that “Huh, Maybe if I have Ovechkin out on the ice more, it will lead to more scoring chances for him!”

  2. drewsylvania - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Makes you wonder if Hunter even wants the job.

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      Bring someone else in Next Season, It’s obvious that his heart is still in London

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