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PHT Morning Skate: Who are the award winners at the halfway point?

Mar 8, 2013, 7:14 AM EST

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on January 19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(January 18, 2013 - Source: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

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.

Although he’s been playing, Vincent Lecavalier‘s foot still hasn’t fully recovered from the slap shot he absorbed on Feb. 2. Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher said the injury has been affecting Lecavalier’s push-off and timing, but on the plus side his foot has been improving lately. (Tampa Bay Times)

Forward Brooks Laich (groin) hasn’t skated with the Washington Capitals since Feb. 16. Meanwhile defensemen Mike Green (groin) didn’t skate Thursday morning and consequently missed his third straight game last night. (Washington Post)

ESPN’s Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun give their early picks for the Hart, Norris, Vezina, and Calder Trophies at the halfway point of the season. They also name who they think should be winning the Jack Adams Award and GM Of The Year races. (ESPN.com)

Swiss hockey player Ronny Keller was paralyzed during a playoff contest. (Toronto Star)

The Chciago Blackhawks’ defensemen deserve a fair amount of the credit for allowing a league-best 1.79 goals per game. (CSN Chicago)

A look at the Ottawa Senators’ season at the halfway point. (Ottawa Citizen)

With blueliners Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson sidelined, the Colorado Avalanche have been leaning heavily on defenseman Ryan O’Byrne. (Denver Post)

Henrik Tallinder was a late scratch from the New Jersey Devils’ game on Thursday due to a lower body injury. The 34-year-old blueliner did participate in Thursday’s morning skate prior to the contest. (The Bergen Record)

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    “ESPN’s Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun give their early picks…” – all good and right, but then, after opening the link, the first thing that jumps on you is Barry Melrose? My browser suddenly denied to play the video ;-)

  2. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    11 games played last nigh and PHT covers 3 of them (with 5 stories). Come on now, even Yahoo sports has coverage of 9 of the games. Fricking Yahoo sports is doing a better job of reporting hockey than a site called Pro Hockey Talk. Every game deserves at least a recap.

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      I hate replying to my own post but wanted to add that ESPN has more coverage as well. ESPN, who cared so little about hockey, they got out bid for the TV contract by an outdoor channel, has better coverage than you. But then again, it’s not like NBC has any vested interest in seeing hockey succeed, oh wait…..

      • jpelle82 - Mar 8, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        the only true vested interest they have is in the flyers as they own that team. they make a good amt of money though from the tv deal. i cant remember the last time i turned on espn – its either nhl network or nfl network for me in the morning. if you want a recap of games – go to nhl.com – prohockeytalk is a just a step up from a gossip site.

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