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PHT Morning Skate: Fleury excelling; Vezina Trophy favorites

Mika Zibanejad officially put his slow start behind him with two six-point performances vs. Philly and 18 points in last nine games, and he'll have to keep the momentum going as New York continues its playoff push.

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 phtblog@nbcsports.

• Really good read on Marc-Andre Fleury excelling this season after a painful loss. [ESPN]

• Andrei Vasilevskiy, Semyon Varlamov, and Fleury are a few of your 2020-21 Vezina candidates at the moment. [NBC Sports Edge]

• Vitali Kravtsov is coming. What should the Rangers expect from the young Russian forward? [Blue Seat Blogs]

• After 18 straight defeats, which players should the Sabres target in the top three of this summer’s NHL Draft? [Die by the Blade]

• Motivation is needed if these Blues are going to have a shot at making the Stanley Cup Playoffs. [Post-Dispatch]

• After some time off, the Canadiens now finish the season with 25 games in 43 days. [Sportsnet]

• How challenging will the upcoming trade deadline be for Jim Benning? The Canucks have more no-move/no-trade clauses than any other team in the NHL. [Pass it to Bulis]

• Alex Galchenyuk received a bit of an offseason hand from teammate Auston Matthews. [The Hockey News]

• Taking a look at the Rick Nash/Rangers trade tree and how it’s helping New York today. [Featurd]


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