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PHT Morning Skate: Laine the superstar; Penguins’ struggling power play

Our Line Starts examines New York's rough start, the need for consistency from top players, why Henrik Lundqvist's departure created a void and if the Rangers can find leadership and chemistry to return to playoff form.

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• The Blue Jackets have treated Patrik Laine like the superstar he wants to be. [Toronto Sun]

• In this unique season with a new playoff format regulation wins will be even more important. [CTV]

• The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association will play a game of the 2021 Dream Gap Tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City later this month. [Rangers]

• NHL COVID-19 disruptions continue as Wild games postponed through Feb. 9. [PHT]

• NWHL suspends Lake Placid season due to COVID-19 concerns. [PHT]

• “It’s an obligation that we all have as humans - and I really believe this - to help out with these issues.” Kurtis Gabriel on becoming an ally for the LGBTQ+ community. [The Score]

• An annual powerhouse, the Penguins power play is struggling at 14%. [Pensburgh]

• Good to see Hank out and about a month after heart surgery:

• How everyone’s favorite mascot, Gritty, became a symbol of Philadelphia. [Bleacher Report]

• What’s going on with the Flyers’ inability to drive possession? [Broad Street Hockey]

• Here comes the blue line shake up in Ottawa. [The 6th Sens]

• Who could step in and fill Nathan MacKinnon’s skates on the Avs’ top line? [Rotoworld]


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