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PHT Morning Skate: Francouz’s time; Shootout struggles

NHL: FEB 29 Avalanche at Predators

NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 29: Colorado Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz (39) is shown during the NHL game between the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche, held on February 29, 2020, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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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

• The Hockey News breaks down a list of the 10 worst shootout shooters. (The Hockey News)

• Angela James should be a household name, but why isn’t she? (Sportsnet)

• How did the trade deadline alter the playoff landscape? (ESPN)

• Dave Ayres’ stick went to the Hockey Hall of Fame. (The Score)

• Pavel Francouz is going to get an opportunity to be a difference-maker for the Avs. (Denver Post)

• Capitals defenseman Michael Kempny is trying to play his way out of his funk. (Washington Post)

• It’s been eight years since the Kings and Devils played in the Stanley Cup Final. What’s happened to both teams since then? (All About the Jersey)

• Here’s five ways the Bolts will try to fill the void left by the Steven Stamkos injury. (Tampa Bay Times)

• Henrik Lundqvist didn’t embarrass himself in Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. (New York Post)

• Corey Crawford is playing his best hockey of the season right now. (NBC Sports Chicago)

• The St. Louis Blues’ scoring depth has been a difference-maker for them this season. (St. Louis Game-Time)

• The Golden Knights have received a boost since the trade deadline. (Sinbin.Vegas)


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.