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PHT Morning Skate: Laine betting on himself; NHL milestones

A massive doubleheader featuring the Capitals vs. the Blues and the Sharks vs. the Golden Knights is on tap for the 2019 NHL Face Off Wednesday, October 2 at 8 p.m. on NBCSN

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• Patrik Laine on the future: “I know I’ll be good for the next two years; I know I’m going to score a lot of goals for sure. I’ve always trusted myself and this is no exception.” [Jets]

• What are the chances of the St. Louis Blues repeating as Stanley Cup champions? [FiveThirtyEight]

• Here are 10 players who are ready for breakout seasons. [TSN]

• P.K. Subban on playing in the New York market, embracing the spotlight, the Devils, and more. [NY Post]

• Alex Ovechkin, Joe Thornton, Sidney Crosby, and Henrik Lundqvist are a few of the players who could hit various career milestones this season. []

• What could Alex DeBrincat’s second contract look like? [NBC Chicago]

• A preview of all of the various NHL jersey tweaks and changes this season. [Sports Illustrated]

• Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning talks about the team’s window to win and their offseason additions. [Sportsnet]

• Why the Pittsburgh Penguins’ third line is once again an issue. [Pensburgh]

• Put Sam Bennett on the list of Calgary Flames due for a big offensive jump this season. [Flames Nation]

• As fantasy hockey season arrives, a look ahead at what to watch for during the first week. [Rotoworld]

• A Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League player who was serving a suspension for rough play on a goaltender won’t be playing for the rest of the season after appearing in a profanity-laced video. [CP via Canoe]

• The AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins have a ton of talent on their roster. Now it’s their job to develop it for the Detroit Red Wings. [MLive]

• What would a Nicklas Backstrom or Braden Holtby extension look like? [Japers’ Rink]


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