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PHT Morning Skate: Is an ‘exorcism’ needed in Edmonton?

Linda Blair

In this publicity image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Linda Blair portrays a possessed Regan MacNeil in a scene from, “The Exorcist.” Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning make-up artist who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in “The Godfather” and Linda Blair in “The Exorcist,” died Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in California of natural causes. He was 92. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Entertainment)


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.

In light of Taylor Hall’s injury and Andrew Ference’s suspension, the Hockey News’ Adam Proteau wonders if the Edmonton Oilers need an “exorcism.” A little late for the Halloween themes, eh? (THN)’s Kevin Weekes probably knows a thing or two about goalie masks considering his career as a backup netminder, yet he exceeded expectations with this robust history of mask art. (

Grant Fuhr sympathizes with Martin Brodeur, whose ego is taking a hit considering his inability to find a gig. (AP)

Hungry for some hockey X’s and O’s? Evan Sporer provides an in-depth breakdown of how New York Islanders dynamic duo John Tavares and Kyle Okposo keep opponents off balance with faceoff strategies. (SBNation)

Every now and then, a team loses goalies in quick succession, forcing a bizarre backup situation. The Anaheim Ducks encountered such a problem this weekend, ushering in the welcome sight of Dwayne Roloson back in goalie pads: