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PHT Morning Skate: Lehner on Long Island return; Canadiens on pause

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ELMONT, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 19: Robin Lehner #90 of the Vegas Golden Knights returns to play against his former team, the New York Islanders at the UBS Arena on December 19, 2021 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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.

• Robin Lehner on Sunday’s return to Long Island: “It’s so much more than hockey to me, I can’t explain it. It’s the love I have for the guys there, this team, the organization, the fans, [how] they helped me with my life.” []

• Add the Canadiens to the list of NHL teams “pausing activities” through this week’s holiday break. [Canadiens]

• It’s not just players and staff. Over a dozen NHL officials are reportedly also in COVID-19 protocol. [Scouting the Refs]

• “The Vancouver Canucks are set to donate their unused food from their postponed games this weekend to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the Salvation Army.” [Sportsnet]

• It’s been a long wait, but Alex Tuch will finally make his Sabres debut Monday night. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• Brett Connolly has been suspended four games for his hit on Tanner Kero. [PHT]

• It’s been quite a start to the season for Auston Matthews, and there’s more to come. [TSN]

• Make sure to add Warren Foegele and Clayton Keller to your fantasy hockey teams this week. [NBC Sports Edge]

• One of the biggest parts of the Penguins’ seven-game winning streak has been their phenomenal penalty kill. [Pensburgh]

• Chase Field, home of baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks, could be a temporary place to play for the Coyotes to play next season. [Arena Digest]


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