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PHT Morning Skate: Where the Kings look to get back on the horse

May 22, 2012, 7:35 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.

The Kings are focusing in on what they need to do to finish off the Coyotes. Actually doing it may prove to be a bit more difficult. (L.A. Times)

The Coyotes could use a boost from Radim Vrbata in Game 5. He’s been a little too quiet in this series. (

Bob McKenzie says the Rangers defense let them down in Game 4. Their offense was rather putrid too. (TSN)

It’s been a long time coming for Adrian Aucoin to make an appearance in the conference finals. (

You can add Shawn Thornton‘s name to the list of players who said they’d happily accept a gay teammate. (

Sheldon Souray would love to remain a Dallas Stars defenseman next season. (Stars)

Meanwhile, the Stars are really good about playing things smart and that’s thanks to owner Tom Gaglardi. (Angus Certified)

Dennis Wideman says he wants to stay in Washington but that might not happen with free agency looming this summer. (

The Oilers’ coaching search is moving slowly and assistant coach Kelly Buchberger is sweating out whether he’ll be back or not. (Edmonton Journal)

The Hurricanes signed a pair of younger players in Bobby Sanguinetti and Nicolas Blanchard. (News & Observer)

The Flyers signed a pair of players for depth in the organization. (Broad Street Hockey)

St. Louis signed 2010 draft pick defenseman Jani Hakanpaa. (Post-Dispatch)

The Memorial Cup is roaring along in the CHL with lots of possibilities yet to be decided. (Buzzing The Net)

  1. namriverrat69 - May 22, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    The Kings did it once before against Vancouver. There is no reason not to believe they will not do it one more time. Go Kings!!


    • blomfeld - May 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      “Let us complete our business here” …

      @Namriverrat69 – I agree with you that there’s every reason to think we’ll finish the job tonight … yet something’s telling me that will be easier said than done. As you pointed out in another article, you can’t help but admire the pluck and resolve of these Coyotes, They’re a team which is constantly bombarded with negativity and the threat of relocation, yet somehow they manage to not only stay focused, but to “excel” under such trying circumstances. And then there’s their fans, who you can’t help but feel for. I do hope that we can finish this thing tonight … and I do wish the Coyotes and their fans all the best.

      GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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