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PHT Morning Skate: Where it’s been a while since last Panthers power-play goal

Feb 20, 2013, 7:15 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.

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards has split up top blueliners Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski because he thinks they both need a “calm guy” that can play more of a defensive role and allow them to be aggressive. (Columbus Dispatch)

The Washington Capitals have started to turn their season around, but eventually they need to prove that they can win against playoff-bound teams. (Washington Times)

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin has 17 points in 16 games, so he’s certainly not struggling, but he’s found the back of the net just three times over 50 shots on goal. All the same, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma thinks Malkin has created plenty of scoring chances lately. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Charlie Sheen and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff had a bit of an exchange on Twitter after Sheen referred to Ehrhoff as “some dooshy teammate” of goaltender Ryan Miller. (Buffalo News)

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar is trying his best to help fill the void left by Tomas Holmstrom’s retirement by parking himself in front of the net during power plays. Tatar is hoping that his speed will make up for the size difference between him and the 6-foot-3 Holmstrom. (Detroit News)

Two-time Rocket Richard Trophy-winner Steven Stamkos is a pretty superstitious guy and if any player tells you they’re not, Stamkos thinks they’re “probably lying.” (Tampa Bay Times)

When was the last time the Florida Panthers scored a power-play goal? Don’t ask Peter Mueller, it’s been so long that he can’t even remember. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

The Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues swapped AHL players. The Predators received 33-year-old defenseman Scott Ford in exchange for 22-year-old Jani Lajunen. (NHL.com)

The San Jose Sharks ended their seven game losing streak on Tuesday. If you want to check out the highlights, you can do so below:

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