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PHT Morning Skate: Where two Avs players fight during practice

Feb 11, 2013, 7:16 AM EDT

Michael Sgarbossa #43 of the Colorado Avalanche warms up prior to facing the Anaheim Ducks at the Pepsi Center on February 6, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Ducks defeated the Avalanche 3-0.
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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 Ottawa Senators have lost four of their last five contests and have been shutout twice over that span. Are their struggles a direct result of losing star forward Jason Spezza? (Ottawa Citizen)

While we’re on the subject of major losses, here’s a look at how injuries have impacted several teams so far this season from the defending Stanley Cup Los Angeles Kings to a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004, the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Sportsnet)

New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo has gotten off to a slow start – again. (Newsday)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have won three straight games on the road, but now they have to do something that’s been rare for them lately: earn two points in Toronto. (Toronto Sun)

32-year-old blueliner Robyn Regehr (lower body) returned to the Buffalo Sabres lineup on Sunday after missing seven straight games due to the ailment. The Sabres needed to clear a spot on their roster to activated him from the injured reserve list, so they put forward Matt Ellis on waivers. (

Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson hasn’t lived up to expectations so far this season. However, the 27-year-old’s goal on Friday might be a turning point. (Dallas Morning News)

23-year-old forward Stephane Da Costa is in his third pro season and has played in three games with the Ottawa Senators in 2013. He felt he was cheating last season by not doing his job away from the puck and he’s trying to do otherwise during his current NHL stint. (Ottawa Sun)

Colorado Avalanche forwards Michael Sgarbossa and Mark Olver dropped the gloves and sparred during a team practice. That’s enough to raise an eyebrow, but Avalanche coach Joe Sacco doesn’t seem to have a problem with it. (Denver Post)

  1. thecheeman - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Capuano should strip Okposo of the A. When his scoring is off he doesn’t contribute in other ways you would hope a leader would. Fragile teams like the Islanders can’t afford to see no consequences of poor performance.

  2. kaptaanamerica - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Isles should trade for luongo to give the team veteran presence in the dressing room and confidence in their goalie so they can go out and score instead of worrying about mistakes all the time.

    • jernster21 - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Except he would never waive his NTC to go there.

      • hockeyflow33 - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        With them moving to Brooklyn I think it could become an attractive place to play. Playing in New York would certainly open up more sponsorship deals.

        Imagine the headlines of Luongo vs Lundquist for New York

    • bear654 - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Whoa, that would put them WAY too far above the cap floor. Would be funny to have Thomas and Luongo on the same team though, maybe Thomas would finally pump Lu’s tires.

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