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PHT Morning Skate: Penguins showing off their depth

Oct 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Craig Adams #27 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates after scoring in the third period with Tanner Glass #15 during the home opener against the New Jersey Devils at Consol Energy Center on October 3, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Devils 3-0.
(October 2, 2013 - Source: Justin K. Aller/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.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have gotten plenty of help from their fourth line. (

After failing to make the Flyers’ opening game roster, Tye McGinn is back in the NHL and making the most of his latest opportunity. (CSN Philly)

Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod (knee) skated on Monday and seems probable for tonight’s game against Dallas. (Denver Post)

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After a disappointing road trip, the New York Islanders are heading home. (Newsday)

Mitch Holmberg, 20, is off to a tremendous start to the 2013-14 campaign with the WHL Spokane Chiefs. (Calgary Sun)

The Philadelphia Flyers need to work on their special teams. (CSN Philly)

Anaheim Ducks prospect Stefan Noesen will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury. He was taken with the 21st overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. (Vancouver Province)

  1. hockey412 - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Off subject – Did anyone happen to understand what the eff the purpose of the fight between Adams and Malone was last week?

    • c9castine - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      no….those are the fights the nhl wants to get rid of. staged fights that seem to have no purpose. if you didnt notice it didnt seem to get either team momentum or confidence…so yeah im not sure why. basically i thought malone was just gonna fall apart, and adams was gonna end up with another black eye or busted mouth. which is pretty much what happened, nothing more. malone did manage to keep his body together for the rest of the game.

      • hockey412 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        Agreed – I just don’t see Adams fight too often (he’s not all that great at it anyway) and a staged fight seemed out of place for him. But Bylsma had Adams and Glass out there with Malkin, which is weird to begin with, so I thought maybe something was up.

      • claudegirwho - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        They said Adams and glass were getting the start as a reward for playing so good lately. I hate when Adams fights he’s pretty terrible at it but held his own in that fight. Malone has been diminished to being a goon.

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