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PHT Morning Skate: Where Jets look to add to Capitals’ misery

Mar 21, 2013, 7:13 AM EDT

Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates with Olli Jokinen #12 and Evander Kane #9 after scoring a goal in the second period against the Washington Capitals at the the Verizon Center on January 22, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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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 Ottawa Senators have a knack for fighting back after trailing through 40 minutes. (Ottawa Sun)

Speaking of the Senators, they inked 25-year-old goaltender Andrew Hammond to an entry-level contract. Hammond had a 2.47 GAA and .917 save percentage in 29 games with Bowling Green State University this season. (Senators.nhl.com)

22-year-old forward Derek Stepan is starting to live up to his potential. On a Rangers’ squad that features plenty of top-end talent, Stepan ranks second on the team with 20 points in 29 contests, including five goals and six assists in his last 11 games. (New York Newsday)

The Canadian Hockey League playoffs are about to get underway. (CHL.ca)

Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley isn’t happy with his team’s defense. (Calgary Sun)

The Buffalo Sabres have turned their season around under new coach Ron Rolston, although they still aren’t likely to make the playoffs. (NHL.com)

Would the Edmonton Oilers be wise to stay relatively quiet during the trade deadline? (Edmonton Journal)

Winnipeg will have a chance to essentially bury the Washington Capitals’ already slim playoff hopes when they face them in back-to-back contests on Thursday and Friday. (Winnipeg Sun)

Here are the highlights from Minnesota’s 4-2 victory over Detroit:

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