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PHT Morning Skate: Golden Knights’ struggles; Penguins’ depth succeeding

Losers of the first six games of the season, the Blackhawks have had an abysmal start as the only NHL team besides Arizona that still remains winless. Sean Leahy dives into what's gone wrong so far in the Windy City.

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• “It was the fourth straight loss for the Knights, the first time that’s happened since Pete DeBoer was hired as coach Jan. 15, 2020. At 1-4, they also matched 2018-19 for their worst start in franchise history.” [Review-Journal]

• Frederik Andersen could be in net tonight as the Hurricanes face his old Maple Leafs teammates. [News and Observer]

• This isn’t the first season where the Penguins’ organizational depth has had to step up and succeed. [Pensburgh]

• Rasmus Dahlin is maturing right before our eyes in Buffalo. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• Sabres head coach Don Granato has been deploying Dahlin in a different way this season. [Noted Hockey]

• A head and neck injury after a collision with Chris Kreider has put Matt Murray on injured reserve. [TSN]

• Tim Stützle on bad Christmas gifts, hidden talents, funny Tkachuks, and more. [NHL]

• One of the early-season surprises has been Sharks goaltender Adin Hill. [The Hockey News]

• Sending some love out for the Capitals fourth line of Carl Hagelin, Nic Dowd, and Garnet Hathaway. [Pokechecked]

• Booner Jenner, Andrew Copp and Dustin Brown are among the players you should look to pick up this week to help your fantasy hockey team. [NBC Sports Edge]


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