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PHT Morning Skate: Where Cammalleri gets reunited with Iginla

Jan 23, 2013, 7:21 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 Boston Bruins know that the New York Rangers will play with a sense of urgency after losing their opening two games. Bruins coach Claude Julien thinks Wednesday’s contest between Boston and the Rangers will be a “tough test” for his club. (CSN New England)

Toronto coach Randy Carlyle wants to see 23-year-old forward James Van Riemsdyk take advantage of his size by going into the dirty areas. (Toronto Sun)

21-year-old forward Drew Shore was called up by a Florida Panthers team already dealing with major injuries. He made his NHL debut on Tuesday. (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)

The Ottawa Senators breathed new life into forward Kyle Turris‘ young career when they traded for him last season. Now the 23-year-old is looking to take his game to the next level. (

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Brandon Sutter, 23, hopes that he can generate some offense while playing on the third line. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Calgary Flames forward Michael Cammalleri, 30, will get a chance to play on the same line as 35-year-old Jarome Iginla. Cammalleri had 39 goals and 82 points in 81 games when he skated alongside Iginla in 2008-09. (Calgary Sun)

The new-look Carolina Hurricanes have gotten off to a rough start, but they’re going to stay the course as they try to bounce back. (The News & Observer)

The Colorado Avalanche need forwards Matt Duchene, 22, and Paul Stastny, 27, to step up, especially with one of the Avalanche’s key forwards from last season, 21-year-old Ryan O’Reilly, still a restricted free agent. (Denver Post)

  1. letsgopens8771 - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    You know what time it is… Time for today’s TOP 5!!!! Brought to you by the letters P,E,N,S, and the numbers 71, 87, 58 and 18.

    First off, ITS AAAAA HOCKEY NIGHT IN PITTSBURGH!! Looks like the black and gold are up against Toronto tonight in the first game at the Consol this season! SO excited. Even though this should look like a beatdown for my boys, there are no free lunches in the NHL. Don’t underestimate them, but stick to the game plan that has got you to this point and it will be fine.

    And now for the top 5: Hope you are responding and enjoying the series.

    5. The Sharks smell blood in the water… WHOAH!!! 6 goals in the 1st period and most of them come on the powerplay??!!? unreal. Look for the Sharks powerplay to be deadly this year… no pun intended. My only question is that they really haven’t had to play from behind this year (with the exception of the Flames game but that was only one goal that they trailed by). Can they do it? Time will tell.

    4. Who do ya got tonight? The Bruins or the Rangers? Will the Rangers live up to the huge expectations put upon them or will the Bruins shut them down again? Personally I want to see some more fights and all-out wars because that is what makes this matchup intense. Thoughts?

    3. “All the Kings’s horses and all the Kings’s men, couldn’t put their hockey team back together again.” Sure, the loss of Matt Greene was a significant blow to their defense, but that is not why the Kings are in a slump right now. Their offense is not producing, which is putting too much pressure on the defense to hold the fort. Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, where are you guys? I like you guys, but you are letting your team down. Sorry.

    2. The Caps are off to a slow start as well. Maybe it is just that they are still trying to find their new identity under new head coach Adam Oates. I can’t really put a finger on their problem, but maybe you can.

    1. The Lightning strike again! They are clearly a more determined team than ever before and are fighting for every point. Strong wins against WAS and CAR. Even down 4-0 against the Islanders, they still came back and made it a game. It would have been cool to see them tie it and force OT or SO, but they still don’t quit. Can they keep it up, especially with the kind of teams facing them in their division? Food for thought.

    That’ your top 5 for today, guys. Have a great one.

    LGP out

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