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PHT Morning Skate: No surgery needed for McDavid; Pens need top line production

The Blue Jackets' aggressive trade deadline moves are making a difference as they take a 3-0 series lead against the Lightning in Round 1.

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• Connor McDavid should be ready for the start of the regular season. (TSN)

• Although the series isn’t over yet, the Tampa Bay Lightning have totally fallen apart since the second period of Game 1. (Scotty Wazz)

• Even though the Islanders are one game away from advancing to the second round, they’re not looking past the Penguins. (New York Post)

• The Pittsburgh Penguins are on the brink of elimination, and the fact that they haven’t received a point from their top line is a big reason why. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

• Nazem Kadri’s hearing with the department of player safety is set for today. How many games will he get? (Leafs Nation)

• Yes, Kadri’s antics have been the focus of the series, but another under-the-radar storyline is that the Bruins defense is starting to get banged up. (

• The Ice Garden breaks down the controversial call in the Women’s World Hockey Championship final. (The Ice Garden)

• Golden Knights players trust that their organization will make the best decisions for them. That’s why Nikita Gusev’s signing was made possible. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• Let’s take a deeper look at the line matchups in Game 2 of the series between the Flames and Avalanche. It’s strange to see the matchup get away from the Flames because they were the home team. (Flames Nation)

• Rocco Grimaldi has become an important part of the Predators lineup heading into Game 3. (On the Forecheck)

• The Mats Zuccarello acquisition has already worked out well for the Dallas Stars. (Dallas Morning News)

• Years after delivering a crushing hit against Erik Cole, Brooks Orpik is taking on the Carolina Hurricanes again. (News and Observer)

• The Edmonton Oilers should look into bringing Ralph Krueger back into the organization. (Edmonton Journal)

• The AHL released the first-round schedule for the Calder Cup Playoffs. (Calder Cup)

• There’s a scandal surrounding a $2 million scholarship fund that was set up after the Humboldt Bus Crash. (CBC)

• Don Cherry doesn’t think that Elias Pettersson should win the Calder Trophy. (Daily Hive)


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