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PHT Morning Skate: DeBoer’s weapons; unpredictable Rangers

It's a Stanley Cup rematch between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals on Wednesday Night Hockey, with coverage beginning at 8 ET on NBCSN.

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

• Auston Matthews talks about the Toronto Maple Leafs’ expectations and shows off some snazzy jackets. [Sharp Magazine]

• Comparing the William Nylander situation with what Nikita Kucherov went through two years ago. [Raw Charge]

• A look at how Peter DeBoer is going about deploying all of the various weapons at his disposal with the San Jose Sharks. [TSN]

• The Pittsburgh Penguins know what they have to do to improve defensively. Now it’s time to show it. [Pensburgh]

• “Travis Hamonic is a victim of an absurd situation” [Flames Nation]

• A fun oral history of NHL ’94. [The Hockey News]

• In the middle of a five-game road trip, it’s vital that the Vegas Golden Knight pick up some points. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• Remember when T.J. Oshie drank a beer through his shirt? Well, there’s a t-shirt now. [Capitals Outsider]

• Evan Bouchard is eager to show he’s worth a spot in the Edmonton Oilers’ regular lineup. [Elite Prospects]

• Why no one wants to play against Claude Giroux. [Sportsnet]

• Eric Fehr on the suspension of his former Washington Capitals teammate Nate Schmidt: “Nate’s a great guy. He’s an honest guy. I don’t think he’d knowingly take anything. It’s scary for all of us because we’re all in the same boat, and we’re all watching what we take. It kind of makes you feel like it could happen to anyone.” [Star Tribune]

• “Jim Bennett, 79, is blind. Yet there he was with his wife, Del, 78, the two of them wearing orange Oilers jerseys at Scandinavium on Saturday as the Oilers played the New Jersey Devils in the 2018 NHL Global Series.” []

• How Seattle as market can help turn its future NHL franchise owners into big hockey fans. [NHL Seattle]

• The unpredictability of this season’s New York Rangers should make things quite exciting. [Gotham SN]

• How the ice time given to Rasmus Dahlin is affecting other Buffalo Sabres defensemen. [Buffalo News]

• What NHL contracts are teams already regretting? [Featurd]

• Finally, Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Washington Capitals plays “What’s in the box?” with Paul Bissonnette: