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PHT Morning Skate: Jarome Iginla still believes in the playoffs

Jarome Iginla

Calgary Flames’ Jarome Iginla celebrates his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Calgary, Alberta, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. The Flames defeated the Blackhawks 3-1. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)


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.

Jarome Iginla still believes the Flames are going to make the playoffs. Are you going to tell him they can’t? (Calgary Sun)

Cam Fowler’s rough sophomore campaign has the young defenseman still looking for answers. (OC Register)

The Predators would love to show the Canucks that they’re not to be trifled with now after their humbling playoff defeat last season. (Tennessean)

The Blues would love to find some scoring help for their lineup. The rest of the West would like them to not be as dangerous though, thank you. (Post-Dispatch)

Speaking of finding offensive help, the Kings and their fans might have to dial down the expectations of getting an offensive pick-me-up at the deadline. (L.A. Times)

The Blackhawks are under a lot of pressure thanks to losing. Handling that stress is another thing entirely. (

James Reimer superstitious? No way, man. (Toronto Sun)

So... Tuomo Ruutu might not be going anywhere now? This trade deadline might end up being a real stinker. (News & Observer)

Mike Richards is feeling better health-wise and on the ice, but he’s still frustrated about not scoring. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Curious about what some teams might do to switch their uniforms up next year? Icethetics has your hook up. (Icethetics)

Finally, check out the sweet pass Matthew Lombardi had for Phil Kessel in the Leafs win over the Oilers. (NHL)