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PHT Morning Skate: Calling the rulebook; sports and the pandemic

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

• After Auston Matthewws took some whacks to the back in front of the Canadiens goal with no penalty called, should referees make calls by the book or manage the game? [Sportsnet]

• Amazon will follow the Maple Leafs around this season for an “All or Nothing” documentary. [Leafs Nation]

• Luc Robitaille on the LA Kings’ choice to go with California HOPE Crisis Counseling Program, a mental health and wellness initiative, as a helmet sponsor: “It’s easy to put on a brand. But for us to have something that can actually make a difference, it can really help us spread the message, that was when it really perked my attention. I was really happy.” [LA Times]

• Kirby Dach and Jonathan Toews have been placed on LTIR, while Brent Seabrook heads to injured reserve. [NBC Sports Chicago]

• Sports have haltingly survived the pandemic, and highlighted it. [NBC Sports]

• How division rivals will be the key to a first-place finish this year in the NHL. [Rotoworld]

• The Capitals have inked Craig Anderson to a one-year deal and assigned him to their taxi squad. [RMNB]

• The Flames have plans to be a “serious contender” this year. [TSN]

• Previewing the race for the NHL’s major awards in 2020-21. [Yardbarker]

• Which Penguins player will end up being a surprise this season? [Pensburgh]

• Why the Rangers should select a captain. [Blue Seat Blogs]


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.