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PHT Morning Skate: Where the Senators owner says the first round is theirs to win

Apr 11, 2012, 7:33 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.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk believes the first round is there for the taking for his team. Elsewhere, John Tortorella unleashed a stream of profanity at the mere idea of losing in the first round to Ottawa. (Ottawa Sun)

Edmonton’s host of young stars are eager to have larger roles with the team. They should be since they’re the guys hogging all the talent in Alberta. (Edmonton Journal)

Don’t you dare mention the Stanley Cup to Ilya Kovalchuk now. He’s taking things one series at a time. (Fire & Ice)

If you think this year’s NHL draft might be lacking in star power, the trade market should keep you busy enough. Say, anyone want Rick Nash? (

Could the Senators defense make all the difference against the Rangers? (Ottawa Sun)

Two different players could be making their playoff debuts for the Red Wings tonight in Nashville. (Detroit Free Press)

Turns out Steve Stamkos has an irritated bursa sac in his shoulder and he won’t participate in the World Championships. (Lightning Strikes)

The Blackhawks power play is getting a shake up at just the right time. (

Meanwhile, Marcus Kruger loves doing the dirty work for Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)

L.A. Kings forward Brad Richardson is likely out of tonight’s game after getting an emergency appendectomy. I feel you, bro. (L.A. Kings)

  1. jond86 - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Melnyk’s comments in the Ottawa Sun are dead on. It is their series to win, no one expects them to at should be an interesting series.

  2. polegojim - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Yadayadayadayada – Who actually believes this?

    Every year its their series to win. Every year they don’t. Since 1927 – zip, zero, nada.

  3. bcisleman - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Here’s hoping Melnyk is right.

  4. pastabelly - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    At their best, they are a very good team. But they are so inconsistent and guys don’t show up every night. The Rangers could sweep or win it in five games.

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