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PHT Morning Skate: Where Daniel Sedin is making things tricky for L.A.

Apr 21, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

Ryan Kesler, Daniel Sedin AP

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.

Helene Elliott tells us about how Daniel Sedin‘s return to action is making match-up life miserable for the Kings. (Los Angeles Times)

Meanwhile, GM Mike Gillis isn’t sure if a goalie change will make next year a tough one. (TSN)

Through it all, Roberto Luongo is the loneliest guy on the rink. (Globe And Mail)

The New York Rangers know that if they’re going to get past the Senators, they’ll need more intensity. (Ranger Rants)

Sens coach Paul MacLean, on the other hand, says all the pressure is on the Rangers to win. House money for Ottawa, baby. (Ottawa Sun)

Wings coach Mike Babcock says forwards made all the difference for Nashville in their first round series victory. (Detroit Free Press)

Faceoffs have been huge for the Blues against San Jose. (Post-Dispatch)

Ilya Kovalchuk is making up for lost playoff time this season with New Jersey. (New York Times)

Patrick Roy says the Montreal Canadiens haven’t contacted him about any of their openings… But he’s open to talking. (Postmedia News)

Markham, Ontario will vote to evaluate funding a NHL-ready arena there. (TSN)

  1. micasa81 - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Daniel’s return doesn’t complicate things nearly as much if the 2nd line remains innocuous. The Canucks certainly can’t bank on the Sedins having their way for 3 more games. Kings will make it harder for them than they did in Game 4.

  2. oside760 - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    vancooter is done. D.O.N.E. done. both the sedins can suck a fat one. Kings all day. GO KINGS GO!!

  3. blomfeld - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:50 PM


    An excellent article by Helene Elliott of the LA Times (ie: I believe she’s the one I heard being interviewed by B-Mac the other day here on Canuckle Radio ?) At any rate, I like this woman and she’s very insightful with her analysis of the Sedins and their trickery. In earlier times, the Sedin’s appearance and uncanny ability to know “exactly” where the other is at all times, would have resulted in them being branded as “sorcerers” and they’d have subsequently been burned at the stake. Fortunately however, we no longer live in such times. Yet that doesn’t mean that we should be taking them for granted ! On the contrary, we need to overcome their chicanery “now” and the best way to do that is by being physical. As Willie Mitchell points out … “you have to aggressive with them at all times, though never to the point of taking penalties, as they will make you pay”. Nonetheless, I’m convinced that Coach Sutter will not be pulling back on the reins tomorrow night and that we Kings are going to emerge victorious in the end ! GO KINGS GO !

    • kitshky - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      Ya Helene is an absolute class act.

      Interesting to hear Mitchell’s comments and how different they were from Doughty’s. The league continues to think you can stop them by “taking away their space” and playing them physical withouth realizing (and after all this time I dont know how you cant) that when you do that you’re playing right into their hands.

      Mitchell’s spent enough time with to realize that they want you to come to them and they want to push em in the corner, they want you to put the pressure on one of them in hopes to stop the cycle. The true magic of these guys is their ability to make ridiculous passes through razor thin “openings” that arent even there. Puttin the puck where no one is up over sticks and through legs … all in a 2foot radius.

      You need to attack them before they possess the puck, and when they do have possesion you have to back off and box them out as much as possible. Which I assume is a lot harder than it was for me to type that…

      • blomfeld - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        @kitshky … a very good analysis on your part … in fact, so good friend that I suspect you may actually be one of us Kings fans under deep cover ? … at any rate, I taken the liberty of forwarding your intel on to Coach Sutter’s headquarters … :)

      • kitshky - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:27 PM

        There’s not a lot to dislike about the Kings, I think if they can finish of Vancouver there’s no real reason they shouldnt have a legitimate crack at the Final … having said that, here’s hoping I get to saddle up to the Winking Judge’s bar and buy you and any other King fan I see a sympathetic pint come next Tue night to drown your sorrows.

        (a man can only hope..)

      • blomfeld - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:12 AM

        A fatwah is issued …

        “may the excellent blogger known as Kitshky, soon come to encounter armies of beautiful and lakes of quality wine … inshallah”

      • blomfeld - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:15 AM

        ie: should read “armies of beautiful women” ! :)

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