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PHT Morning Skate: Where Twitter reacts to Sens coach MacLean’s lookalike

Jan 22, 2013, 7:31 AM EDT


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.

Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg, 32, and goaltender Jimmy Howard, 28, reflect on their time with forward Tomas Holmstrom as he gets ready to retire a day before his 40th birthday. (Detroit Free Press)

When Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne was a rookie, he didn’t think he’d last in the NHL more than a few years, let alone to the age of 42. (Calgary Sun)

Defenseman Shane O’Brien was a healthy scratch in the Colorado Avalanche’s season opener. The 29-year-old is waiting for his chance to prove himself, but the team is carrying eight defensemen, which has created a bit of a logjam. (Denver Post)

Twitter has some fun when a lookalike sat right behind Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean during Monday’s game against Florida. (Sportsnet)

New Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley seems willing to let his players take some risks. (Calgary Sun)

23-year-old forward Drayson Bowman is getting a chance to play alongside 28-year-olds Alexander Semin and Eric Staal on the Carolina Hurricanes’ top line. (The News & Observer)

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson earned a 31-save shutout against the Florida Panthers on Monday. The 31-year-old spent parts of three seasons with Florida and now has a 8-0-1 record versus his former club. (Ottawa Citizen)

For years the San Jose Sharks have been trying to win a Stanley Cup before their core got too old. Are they already too late? (Edmonton Journal)

  1. letsgopens8771 - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    My top 5 for today, I will try to put one up every Morning Skate when I have the time. Today’s theme is struggling teams and teams that can benefit from a short season.

    5. Wings defense continues to struggle, and I think the biggest disappointment for them has been Brendan Smith. Any thoughts on the Wings struggles and barely eking out a shootout win in Columbus?

    4. Luongo deal talks heating up… but is it for real? Is this the answer to the Canuck’s struggles?

    3. Flyers think that shuffling lines to suit new captain Claude Giroux will help them get off the schneid. I think that they do win tonight against NJ, because the Devils look rusty as well, barely beating the Isles. Do you agree with Laviolette? What about the defense? What changes should be made there?

    2. One team I haven’t discussed: The Sens. I can see that The Sens defense is looking really strong and Kyle Turris has been playing particularly well for them, but can they keep it up? They shut down the Panthers offense, but can they play this well against the likes of Crosby, Neal, and Malkin? I am interested to see what Ottawa can do.

    1. I can’t believe I am saying this, but look out for the Ducks! I am thinking that with the way they are preforming that having a shortened season may benefit them. Could they use this motivation to carry themselves to the playoffs? I will have more posts regarding the Ducks’s surprising amount of offense so far in later posts.

    That’s your top five for today, guys! Have a great one.

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