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PHT Morning Skate: Where Vegas still loves Crosby

Jan 11, 2013, 9:00 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.

Bovada released its odds for the season and playoffs, including Sidney Crosby being the odds-on favorite for the Hart Trophy and Henrik Lundqvist for the Vezina. (Bovada)

The bad news: Willie Mitchell‘s knee is bad enough to stop him from skating. The good news? Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi said there aren’t structural issues. (Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott)

Joe Thornton is relieved that he won’t need to miss yet another season. (CSNBayArea.com)

Things might not be much better for the Carolina Hurricanes with the new CBA. (Charlotte News & Observer)

Katie Baker discusses her WJC adventures in Russia. (Grantland)

Starting goalies might get a lot of mileage in this shortened season. James Mirtle points out that eight netminders played at least 40 games during the 1994-95 campaign. (The Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle)

This excerpt from Sean Pronger’s book details the wrong day to be hungover – namely when you unexpectedly become Wayne Gretzky’s linemate. (Deadspin)

Blake Wheeler should forward this article about his passing wizardry to his agent. (Arctic Ice Hockey)

Brad Boyes shoots for a bounce-back season with the New York Islanders. (Puck Daddy)

Great expectations for Jakub Voracek. (CSNPhilly.com)

  1. pens87 - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Check my username…ready for a shocker? I don’t agree Vegas.

    Now if it were Malkin…

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      I don’t know – I think Crosby could do some serious damage with Kunitz and Dupuis back together. Its not entirely out of the question. Same with Malkin coming back with Neal.

      With that being said, Vegas does not pick odds based on who they think is going to win, they do it based off of the public’s perception of who is going to win. Their job is not to pick winners, but rather to adjust lines and odds in such a fashion that brings in bets and makes them money (more often than not MY money but that’s because I am a degenerate gambler).

  2. ironcity6pak - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Pens have a great chance with a young core, good D and 2 good goalies to lighten the load but let’s not overlook the hated rangers. They are a force this year and probably the strongest team offensively, and a great goalie between the pipes. Question is, do they have a formidable back up to take the pressure off.

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