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PHT Morning Skate: Kessel’s start in Bizarro World

Jan 26, 2013, 9:16 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.

Phil Kessel usually starts his season off with a bang. Usually. He’s goalless through the first four games this season — the first time that’s happened since he was a rookie. Hello, Bizarro World. (Toronto Sun)

Dainius Zubrus is playing the role of house dad to rookie Stefan Matteau. (Fire & Ice)

B’s coach Claude Julien was really pleased with rookie Dougie Hamilton‘s play against the Isles. (CSNNE.com)

St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk had a heart-t0-heart talk with Al MacInnis to get him back on track. Not bad help if you can get it. (Post-Dispatch)

The Gionta brothers (Brian and Stephen) are set to square off on Sunday. (Star-Ledger)

Nazem Kadri credits coach Randy Carlyle for his breakout this season. (Sportsnet)

Is Detroit’s defense getting… Better? (Detroit News)

New Jersey’s hot start shouldn’t be shocking anyone as there’s no way you can ever truly kill the Devils. (Fire & Ice)

Finally, Pavel Datsyuk‘s sick-nasty passing skills were in full effect last night against Minnesota. (NHL.com)

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