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PHT Morning Skate: Kunitz, Neal miss practice, will be re-evaluated

Mar 14, 2014, 8:03 AM EDT

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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.

Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Chris Kunitz and James Neal both missed Thursday’s practice. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma didn’t seem overly concerned, but it remains to be seen if they’ll play Saturday against Philadelphia. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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After starting his career with Florida and Calgary, Jay Bouwmeester said that playing with the winning St. Louis Blues over the last 11 and a half months has been “a breath of fresh air.” (Edmonton Sun)

Martin St. Louis has gotten off to a quiet start with the New York Rangers. After spending parts of 13 campaigns with the Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis is trying to find his rhythm. (Newsday)

Meanwhile, the other captain moved in that trade, Ryan Callahan, scored his first goal with the Lightning last night to extend his three-game point streak. After that marker helped Tampa Bay earn a 5-4 win over Florida, Callahan spoke of the urgency the Lightning feel. (Tampa Tribune)

Jussi Jokinen, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, would like to re-sign with the Penguins, but it looks like negotiations won’t really start to roll until after Pittsburgh’s postseason run ends. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

The United States will play against Russia for the gold medal in ice sledge hockey in the Paralympics. (Associated Press)

Dustin Brown, who has been great since the Olympic break, was limited to just 10:12 minutes in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Toronto. Kings coach Darryl Sutter insisted that Brown wasn’t hurt and it wasn’t the result of anything he did specifically. Instead, Sutter said Brown’s line was simply tired. (LA Kings Insider)

  1. jpelle82 - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    cant believe kunitz finished the game against the caps. looked eerily similar to stamkos’ injury. maybe he hyperextended the knee and it swelled up after the game? probably best neal doesnt play anyway, he’s bound to get suspended playing against the flyers…

    • upper90cheese - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      2 cases of the Philly Flu

      • jpelle82 - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        maybe they are allergic to ginger mullets

    • mshantz22 - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      The pens probably don’t even need those two to beat philly anyway.

  2. Tyler - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    If they’re to make a deep run in the playoffs, the Penguins can’t afford to lose these guys to Flyers goonery. I wouldn’t be surprised if they both sit.

  3. timmons94 - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    That Philly flu never seems to hit come playoffs….. Not since 1975… Just 39 short years ago… Flyers r a joke

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