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PHT Morning Skate: Where we look at realignment

Mar 15, 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.

Has New Jersey Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg turned a corner? (The Bergen Record)

A number of hyped rookies like Chris Kreider, Sven Baertschi, Mikael Granlund are back in the minors, but it might be better for them in the long run. (Calgary Sun)

Enforcer Matt Kassian might make his Ottawa Senators debut on Saturday. Ottawa acquired him from Minnesota on Tuesday. (Ottawa Citizen)

With the realignment plan official, the Chicago Blackhawks will be losing the Detroit Red Wings as a division rival, but they’ll enjoy home-and-home series against their fellow Original Six members every season. (CSN Chicago)

The Nashville Predators will also lose the Red Wings as a division rival, but they voted in favor of this plan. Predators COO Jeff Cogen pointed out that the Predators will gain the Minnesota Wild as a division rival, which will make for plenty of Ryan Suter vs Shea Weber matches. (The Tennessean)

Meanwhile we can think of at least one team that should be very, very happy that the realignment plan is official. (Winnipeg Sun)

If the Edmonton Oilers are going to make the playoffs, it will be by doing a better job at home. (Edmonton Sun)

What has been holding the Detroit Red Wings back this season? (Detroit Free Press)

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