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PHT Morning Skate: Gaborik knows he can do better

Nov 8, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT

Marian Gaborik #10 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 5, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. The Blue Jackets defeated the Islanders 3-2 in the shootout.
(October 4, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/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.

Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen recently said that he thinks Marian Gaborik could be doing more. The 31-year-old forward is in agreement. (Columbus Dispatch)

After a rocky start to the season, Martin Brodeur feels “comfortable.” The 41-year-old goaltender has certainly been solid lately with just two goals in his last three starts, including last night’s 3-0 shutout victory. (The Bergen Record)

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After spending two games on a line with Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog, rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon has been put back on the third line. The 18-year-old is excited though, because it also means shifting from right wing back to center. (Denver Post)

The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to get defenseman Mark Fraser back tonight in a game against his old team, the New Jersey Devils. Fraser hasn’t played since Oct. 2 because of a left knee injury. (

Carolina coach Kirk Muller doesn’t think the team’s playing style should impact their offense and he disagrees with the notion that they’re employing a “defense-first” strategy. The Hurricanes are averaging just 1.88 goals per game. (News & Observer)

When asked to assess how the 10-2-4 Chicago Blackhawks have done so far, coach Joel Quenneville said he’s not entirely pleased, but “we’re fine.” (CSN Chicago)

  1. Anoesis - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    In case anyone wondered, the Kings beat the Sabres 2-0.

    Jonathan Quick played in his 300th career game and got his 26th shutout. His very first NHL game was against the Sabres, 12-6-07, an 8-2 win back when the Kings could put the puck in the net.

    The Kings scored both of their goals on the PP and are 6 for 17 (35.3%) during man-advantage situations in the last four games

    Anze Kopitar has a goal in each of the last three games and 11 points (4G, 7A) in his last eight games. Mike Richards now has eight points (4G, 4A) in his last seven games. Drew Doughty has seven points (3G, 4A) in his last eight games. Jake Muzzin now has three points (3A) in his last three games. Just wondering when Brown is going to show up.

    The Kings had 10 former Manchester Monarchs in their lineup tonight, which shows how outstanding the development of prospects has been in this organization throughout the past few years. The former Monarchs were Quick, Muzzin, Lewis, Brown, Voynov, Martinez, Vey, Toffoli, Nolan, and King.

    Linden (Oy) Vey was solid in his NHL debut, with 11:28 of ice time and extended play on special teams. Linden’s nickname courtesy of nothanksimdriving123.

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