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PHT Morning Skate: Samuelsson has tenuous hold on lineup spot

Oct 5, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

Mikael Samuelsson #37 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his first period goal that gave the Wings a 1-0 lead against the Buffalo Sabres at Joe Louis Arena on October 2, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
(October 1, 2013 - Source: Gregory Shamus/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.

With James Neal out indefinitely, linemate Evgeni Malkin will have to make adjustments. (

Mikael Samuelsson is finally healthy after missing most of the 2013 campaign, but will he stay in the Detroit Red Wings’ lineup once Patrick Eaves and Darren Helm return from their respective injuries? (The Detroit News)

The Boston Bruins are getting ready for their first game against the Detroit Red Wings since they moved to the Eastern Conference. The two teams figure to be major competitors for the Atlantic Division title. (Boston Globe)

Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has put an emphasis on shooting accuracy in recent practices. (CSN Philly)

Brandon Prust (personal) and Max Pacioretty (upper body) returned to the Montreal Canadiens’ practice yesterday. (Montreal Gazette)

The American Hockey League season kicked off on Friday. (

  1. flyman2 - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Samuelsson shouldn’t even have a spot on the Red Wings roster. Nyquist or Tatar should be up with them instead of wasting time in Grand Rapids.

    • fusionix7 - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Tatar is with the team in Detroit. It’s up to Babcock to put him in the game. Considering Samuelsson’s ice time gradually went down through the game last night coupled with playing a back-to-back game Tatar has a good chance to play tonight.

    • chibimike - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      Samuelsson is way more useful than Bertuzzi and Cleary. Cleary has a goal and is +1, Pylon and Shoots-like-a-blind-man have no points and are -2.

      • chibimike - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        I meant Samuelsson has a goal and is +1. Cleary only gets goals if someone banks the puck in off him.

  2. mhaer - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    bring Samuelsson back to Vancouver ASAP!

  3. aerowings7 - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Samuelsson is only useful because he’s a right handed shot. Bertuzzi has decent hands for a guy his size, and occasionally sets good screens in front of the net. I hope that if Helm does come back, he can center the 3rd line with Cleary and Bert. They’d be an asset, especially come playoff time

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