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PHT Morning Skate: Lightning best ever? Capitals most improved?

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Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, second from right, celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)


Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

• The Tampa Bay Lightning are the best hockey team ever assembled. (Yahoo Sports)

• Just days before the one-year anniversary of the horrific and tragic events with the Humboldt Broncos, survivors are embracing hockey and one another on the uncertain path forward. (The Score)

• Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door: The Logan Schatz Story. (TSN)

• Connor McDavid’s frustrations are reverberating across the hockey world. (Sportsnet)

• Sticking with the Oilers, the team’s management shouldn’t dismiss McDavid’s and other’s warning shots. (Edmonton Journal)

• NHL player tracking system plans to use ‘obsolete’ optical option. (ESPN)

• The Washington Capitals are the most improved team in the NHL. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

• Anthony Duclair proving himself a valuable reclamation project for rebuilding Senators. (Sporting News)

• Veteran Justin Williams has led the Carolina Hurricanes back to relevance, and perhaps the postseason, too. (The Hockey News)

• With home-ice advantage clinched, should the Boston Bruins start resting some of its stable? (Black ‘n’ Gold Hockey Podcast)

• Are the Winnipeg Jets better off not finishing in first place in the Central Division? (Fansided)

• A cost-benefit analysis of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s final two games. (Tampa Bay Times)

• After a monster goal for the Habs on Tuesday, Artturi Lehkonen is finally getting rewarded for his solid play. (Eyes on the Prize)

• Kyle Okposo and the Buffalo Sabres have welcomed a teenage hockey player who has been subjected to racial abuse. (

• He’s not playing much, but Keith Kinkaid is tweeting a lot. Here’s a ranking of his best tweets since getting dealt to Columbus. (1st Ohio Battery)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck