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PHT Morning Skate: Kaprizov’s Calder to lose

Liam McHugh, Keith Jones and Anson Carter take a look at the NHL power rankings to start 2020-21, where the red-hot Canadiens and Capitals lead the way with the Golden Knights and Stars on the rise.

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• Right now, the 2021 Calder Trophy is Kirill Kaprizov’s to lose. [Zone Coverage]

• Take Canadiens assistant GM Scott Mellanby’s name out of the Penguins’ GM search. [TSN]

• How the Capitals weathered their early COVID-19 issues and are poised to be Stanley Cup contenders. [ESPN]

• The two-goalie plan is not working for the Rangers. [NY Post]

• On Gerald Coleman, the first U.S.-born Black goalie in the NHL and the first participant of the league’s diversity program []

• How does it feel to be on the receiving end of a Connor McDavid highlight-reel goal? [Sportsnet]

• New class of the NHL’s Power Players teen advisory board working to make League connection with young fans stronger. []

• “Former Red Wings defenseman and two-time Stanley Cup winner Aaron Ward revealed Thursday that he was among Dr. Robert Anderson’s victims of sexual abuse as a 17- and 18-year-old student-athlete at the University of Michigan.” []


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