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PHT Morning Skate: Bickell puts knee injury behind him

Chicago Blackhawks v Nashville Predators

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17: Bryan Bickell #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks plays against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on December 17, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Frederick Breedon

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.

Bryan Bickell doesn’t feel like his month on the sidelines with a knee injury has slowed him down. He returned on Tuesday. (CSN Chicago)

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The Calgary Flames have placed Curtis Glencross on the injured reserve list...again. (Calgary Herald)

San Jose goaltender Alex Stalock might end up getting used more regularly in the second half of the 2013-14 campaign. As it is, he’s only started in five of the Sharks’ 36 contests. (CSN Bay Area)

Defenseman Marc Methot couldn’t help but vent after the Ottawa Senators coughed up a late 3-2 lead on Saturday to lose 4-3 in overtime. He’s hoping they can pull off an upset against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight so that they can at least enter the Christmas break on a high note. (Ottawa Citizen)

Phil Kessel has been superb this season, but lately he’s struggled to find the back of the net. Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle isn’t particularly concerned though. (Toronto Star)

Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley has been taking care to ease 19-year-old forward Sean Monahan back into the lineup after he returned from a fractured foot. (

Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo has been making a good impression with the Pittsburgh Penguins thanks to his physical nature. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

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