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PHT Morning Skate: Ryder ends slump, Brunner comes close

Dec 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 15: Damien Brunner #12 of the New Jersey Devils skates in an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings at Prudential Center on November 15, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) 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.

Damien Brunner fell just short of ending his goal scoring drought on Monday, but his New Jersey Devils teammate, Michael Ryder, finally found the back of the net. (New Jersey Online)

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Peter Luukko opened up a bit more about his surprising decision to resign as president of Comcast-Spectator. (CSN Philly)

There’s still plenty of hockey left in this season, but the Ottawa Senators’ chances of making the playoff are already starting to look bleak. (Ottawa Citizen)

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is very happy with goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, although the 26-year-old rookie is also surprisingly talkative during games he’s playing in. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Boyd Gordon isn’t likely to be able to rejoin the Edmonton Oilers for tonight’s contest against Phoenix. The 30-year-old forward is recovering from several injuries. (Edmonton Sun)

The San Jose Sharks couldn’t have hoped for much more than their current 18-3-5 record through 26 games, but they are far from perfect. One area they’ve struggled with is maintaining their momentum in the third period. (CSN Bay Area)

Highlights from Minnesota’s 2-0 win over Philadelphia:

  1. hockey412 - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    That’s a funny article about Zatkoff – I can see him being a talker.

    “The 26-year-old rookie is coming off a November in which he went 4-0 with a 1.60 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in four appearances…”

    Keep on doing whatever you are doing…..

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