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PHT Morning Skate: Where sinking Devils will still lean on Hedberg

Mar 6, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT

Johan Hedberg #1 of the New Jersey Devils stands before the game against the New Jersey Devils during their game at the Prudential Center on February 24, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.
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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.

If the New York Rangers and/or Los Angeles Kings fail to make the playoffs, it could potentially be a huge victory for the Columbus Blue Jackets thanks to the new draft lottery system. (Toronto Star)

Even though New Jersey Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg was pulled in the second period of Tuesday’s game, he will start in his seventh straight contest on Thursday. Martin Brodeur is still day-to-day with a back injury. (New Jersey Online)

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin took part in Tuesday’s practice, but he isn’t sure if he’ll be available on Thursday. The 32-year-old hasn’t played since Feb. 28 due to a lower body injury. (Penguins.nhl.com)

Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter thinks his squad was “awesome” at being the quicker team early in Monday’s contest against the Nashville Predators, even if the Kings only had six shots on goal through 40 minutes. The Kings ended up with just 16 shots on goal, but that’s easy to shrug off when you still win 5-1. (LA Kings Insider)

The Anaheim Ducks have called up 2009 first-round pick Peter Holland from the minors. The 22-year-old forward previously played in five games with Anaheim in 2013 and scored a goal. (Ducks.nhl.com)

Speaking of prospects, 20-year-old Mark Stone (broken finger) should be ready to play in his first regular season NHL game in the near future. He made his NHL debut during the 2012 playoffs and assisted on Jason Spezza‘s goal in Game 5 of Ottawa’s first round series against the New York Rangers. (Ottawa Citizen)

St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund has just three assists in 22 games, but that doesn’t bother him much or coach Ken Hitchcock. As Hitchcock put it, Berglund is a shooter, not a playmaker, although he could improve when it comes to distributing the puck during rushes. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Before Tuesday’s game, the Detroit Red Wings talked about how they were feeling confident despite their recent lack of goals. Then they justified those feelings with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. (Detroit Free Press)

Here are the highlights from the New York Rangers’ 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

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  1. capsfan19 - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Caps come back from 3-0 deficit against the b’s, one of the best defenses in the league and theres nothing to show for it.

  2. bayafan - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Devils should let Kincade start next game and see what the team can do with him in net.

  3. jkay1818 - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Devils fans and organization getting a good taste of life without Brodeur.

    • r8rbhawk - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      It is amazing his high caliber of play considering he has played in the NHL 20+ years. He’s definitely one in a million.

  4. 19to77 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Stone should hopefully help a struggling Sens offense to produce a little more. Kid’s got good potential. The return of Michalek is obviously more important, but they’ll take anything they can get with their two top scorers out long-term.

  5. csilojohnson - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    I can’t believe the Devils arent going to give Hedberg a break. The newbie looked solid in relief last night. A lot more confident then the vet he replaced. Although I don’t think goaltending is the cause of their problems. Maby that is the point Deboer is trying to make to his players. Well I say wear Hedberg out NJ!

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