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PHT Morning Skate: Lightning up for three-peat challenge; Matthews out this week


TAMPA, FL - JULY 7: Julien BriseBois, Vice President & General Manager, Alternate Governor of the Tampa Bay Lightning hoists the Stanley Cup overhead after the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens in Game Five to win the best of seven game series 4-1 during the Stanley Cup Final of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on July 7, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via 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.

• The Lightning understand the challenges that will come with completing a three-peat, but they’re ready. []

• Auston Matthews is not expected to play for the Maple Leafs this week as he continues to recover from off-season wrist surgery. [TSN]

• With NHL teams announcing their Opening Night rosters on Monday, the Sharks’ Evander Kane is considered a “non-roster player” as the league’s investigations continue. [NBC Sports Bay Area]

• Brandon Sutter will not be with the Canucks “for a while,” according to GM Jim Benning. The veteran forward is still dealing with the effects of an April COVID-19 diagnosis. [Canucks Army]

• The 22 people who will define the NHL’s 2021-22 season. [Sportsnet]

• Martin Necas and Sebastian Aho with a celebrity golf partner:

• A good look at the importance of Gabriel Landeskog to the Stanley Cup contending Avalanche. [The Score]

• Connor McDavid and Elias Petterson are projected as the top centers in fantasy hockey this week. [NBC Sports Edge]

• After an impressive preseason Cole Sillinger is ready to make his mark with the Blue Jackets. [1st Ohio Battery]

• The new Kings’ alternate jerseys will have you thinking of the Wayne Gretzky days in LA. [Mayor’s Manor]

• From bobbleheads to retirement banners to winter hats, a look at some of the best game-night giveaways this season around the NHL. [Puck Junk]


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