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PHT Morning Skate: Does hitting translate to winning?

Minnesota Wild v Colorado Avalanche

Minnesota Wild v Colorado Avalanche

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Stats-leaning observers tend to bristle at nearly any mention of hitting, but is there any correlation between body checks and winning hockey games? Jen Lute Costella breaks down that question for Puck Daddy. (Puck Daddy)

Which NHL squad is the best at fighting? The answer might surprise you. (The Hockey News)

A tribute to Gilles Tremblay. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Brian Burke on Pat Quinn’s impact. (Calgary Flames)

Steven Dangle points out that even Toronto Maple Leafs fans respect Daniel Alfredsson. (Sportsnet)

Another look at Martin St. Louis’ return to Tampa Bay. (SB Nation)

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