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PHT Morning Skate: Kuemper’s status unknown; Smith or Koskinen in Game 2?


DENVER, COLORADO - MAY 25: Darcy Kuemper #35 of the Colorado Avalanche tends goal against the St Louis Blues in the first period during Game Five of the Second Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at at Ball Arena on May 25, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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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? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar on Darcy Kuemper’s status for Game 2: “We’ll see. I don’t know yet.” [Denver Post]

• Will it be Mike Smith or Mikko Koskinen in net for the Oilers in Game 2? Jay Woodcroft isn’t telling just yet. [TSN]

• The Oilers need to ensure there is better focus in the minutes following a goal they score. [Oilers Nation]

• Lightning forward Brayden Point skated on Wednesday for the first time since Game 7 of the First Round but head coach Jon Cooper remains unsure when he’ll be available to play. [Tampa Bay Times]

• An MCL tear was what kept Frederik Andersen out of the Hurricanes’ lineup since mid-April. The goaltender said on Wednesday he was very close to returning. [Sportsnet]

[NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2022 schedule, TV info]

• John Wroblewski, who was head coach of the AHL’s Ontario Reign the last two seasons, will now guide the U.S. women’s national team. [Olympic Talk]

• Alexander Radulov is heading back to the KHL after signing a deal with Ak Bars Kazan. [Dallas Morning News]

• A look back at the Kraken’s trade deadline and how GM Ron Francis did in his wheeling and dealing. [Sound of Hockey]

• Would a Martin Necas for Kevin Fiala trade work for both sides? [Zone Coverage]

• Anze Kopitar is your 2021-22 winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award. []


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