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PHT Morning Skate: Simmonds’ role with Flyers continues to grow

Feb 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell (33) and Philadelphia Flyers right winger Wayne Simmonds (17) tangle in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. The Flyers won, 2-0. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) AP

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.

Wayne Simmonds has seen his role steadily expand since he was acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers. With Kimmo Timonen‘s injured, Simmonds has been given the chance to wear the ‘A’. (CSN Philly)

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The San Jose Sharks have to use goaltender Alex Stalock a lot more if they want him to be a restricted free agent this summer. (CSN Bay Area)

The start of Justin Schultz‘s career has been a trial by fire. (Edmonton Journal)

The Nashville Predators have fought their way back into the race for a playoff spot. (The Tennessean)

The Carolina Hurricanes’ top line has been very good lately. It’s been their second unit of Jordan Staal, Elias Lindholm, and Jeff Skinner that’s been the X-factor. (News & Observer)

James Neal is on a goal scoring slump and recently he’s been having a bit of trouble getting shots to the net to begin with. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Highlights from Washington’s 6-5 overtime win over Detroit:

  1. ibieiniid - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    what’s even more impressive is that a guy in a Flyers uniform is able to gain the respect of a lot of non Flyer fans. you don’t see that too often, and for a tough power forward, he wasn’t in the best position to have that happen either. a big part of that is his discipline of late (again, as with the rest of the Flyers team too, I’m not referring to minor penalties. they still suck in that department.). he’s not picking fights in front of the net, and actually, I’ve seen him shy away from a few skirmishes when he realizes he was in the wrong for being too close to the goalie. he’s grown as a player tremendously and I’m personally excited that we have him locked up for another 5 years.

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