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PHT Morning Skate: Capitals getting no repeat love; Lightning win NHL 19 Stanley Cup sim

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals is presented the Stanley Cup by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman after his team defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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• Some interesting tidbits coming into the playoffs. (TSN)

• Why Canada may never get another NHL franchise. (Financial Post)

• The Canadiens could unearth quite the prospect in the 2019 NHL Draft. (Sportsnet)

• Slava Voynov is appealing his one-season suspension. (Sportsnet)

• The Tampa Bay Lightning won the NHL’s NHL 19 simulated Stanley Cup Playoffs. (

• A ranking of the best playoff series based on visual appeal. (Vancouver Courier)

• The coaching merry-go-round is chugging along nicely. (The Hockey Writers)

• NHL referee took the path less taken to get to the show. (

• The NHL needs to change its draft lottery system. (Puck Prose)

• Here’s one stat per NHL playoff team that could sink them this postseason. (ESPN)

• Few think the Washington Capitals can repeat as Cup champs. (Washington Post)

• Pens’ Matt Murray opening his wallet for hometown cause. (

• The NHL is attracting some of the hottest names in music for events. (Billboard)

• Maybe winning the NHL draft lottery wasn’t as big of a win for Devils. (Yahoo Sports)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck