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PHT Morning Skate: Where Rangers stay the course

Mar 18, 2013, 7:16 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.

The ninth place New York Islanders are about to start a four-game stint at home. While most teams in their situation might see that as an opportunity to gain some ground in the battle for a playoff spot, the Islanders have been pretty bad at home this season. (New York Newsday)

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur (back) might start practicing again on Monday. (The Star-Ledger)

The Vancouver Canucks haven’t scored a power-play goal in their last 34 opportunities. Overall, they’ve been among the worst teams in the league with the man advantage this season. (Ottawa Citizen)

After their third straight loss, the New York Rangers aren’t likely to make any roster moves before their critical games against the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils on Monday and Tuesday respectively. (New York Newsday)

Meanwhile, the similarly struggling San Jose Sharks will alter their lineup before tonight’s contest against Anaheim. (CSN Bay Area)

Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks was involved in two fights against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, but in general coach Adam Oates doesn’t want him to drop the gloves. (Washington Times)

The Chicago Blackhawks are rested and clearly back on track after slaughtering the Dallas Stars Saturday night. Now they look to get revenge on the team that ended their 24-game points streak: The Colorado Avalanche. (CSN Chicago)

Recently acquired 23-year-old defenseman T.J. Brennan made a great first impression in his debut with Florida Panthers. (Sun Sentinel)

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