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PHT Morning Skate: Bieber vs. Binnington; Kovalchuk’s Habs debut

Pittsburgh Penguins v Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 4: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the Montreal Canadiens arrives for the NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre on January 4, 2020 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

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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

• Ilya Kovalchuk is hoping to make his Canadiens debut tonight. (

• NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty believes the Bruins should have been in on Kovalchuk. (NBC Sports Boston)

• Justin Bieber and Jordan Binnington will be going head-to-head soon. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

• Taylor Hall and Conor Garland have found some chemistry with the Coyotes. (Arizona Republic)

• William Nylander has been outstanding since being benched. (Toronto Star)

• The Leafs have changed their philosophy and it’s working. (TSN)

• Jacob Markstrom is probably going to get a nice raise starting next season. (Canucks Army)

• Elias Pettersson shares a story about how his close friends were deported a few years ago. (Sportsnet)

• Here’s a list of memorable moments that occurred in women’s hockey during the last decade. (The Ice Garden)

• Why were some players passed over for the 2020 All-Star game. (Spector’s Hockey)

• We have another “Svech” sighting:


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