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PHT Morning Skate: Best backup goalies; Can Suzuki stick with Habs?

The two most recent Stanley Cup champs face off as the Blues host the Capitals to kick off NHL Opening Night, Wednesday Oct. 2 on NBCSN.

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

• Jake DeBrusk knows what to expect when he becomes a restricted free agent next summer. (NBC Sports Boston)

• Nick Suzuki is making a strong case to break camp with the Montreal Canadiens. (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

• The Washington Capitals got to hang out with soccer star Wayne Rooney. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

• How much better will the Devils power play be this year? (All About the Jersey)

• There’s a chance the Flyers could drop a rookie forward onto their first line to start the upcoming season. (Broad Street Hockey)

• Flyers goalie Carter Hart developed quite the appetite over the summer. (NBC Sports Philly)

• Here are the three keys to the Panthers making the playoffs. (The Rat Trick)

• Jack Johnson shouldn’t be in the Penguins top-six on the blue line. (Pensburgh)

• Brandon Saad is finding ways to balance hockey and fatherhood. (Chicago Tribune)

• Bleedin’ Blue draws up a list of the top five trade targets for the St. Louis Blues in 2020. (Bleedin’ Blue)

• Is Nic Hague ready to be a regular on the Golden Knights’ defense this year? (Sinbin.Vegas)

• Who will play special teams for the San Jose Sharks this season? (Fear the Fin)

• The Hockey News ranks the best backup goalies in the NHL. (The Hockey News)

• The NHL Network continues with their top 50 players list. This time, they break down no. 20 down to no. 11. (


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.