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PHT Morning Skate: Lightning’s journey to Cup Final; Avs ready for Game 1

With the matchup set for the 2022 Stanley Cup Final featuring the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning, Pro Hockey Talk previews what to expect from both teams.

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.

• This Lightning team has been on quite the journey as they reach their third straight Stanley Cup Final. [Tampa Bay Times]

• According to Jon Cooper, it is “extremely probable” Brayden Point returns at some point in the series. [Sportsnet]

• Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog channels his inner Ric Flair with a little paraphrasing: “To be the best you got to beat the best.” [Denver Post]

• After eight days of rest, the Avalanche will be ready for Game 1 against the Lightning. [Colorado Hockey Now]

• Some stunning numbers through three rounds of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. [PHT]

• Two of the finalists for the open Flyers coaching position are reportedly Barry Trotz and John Tortorella. [Daily Faceoff]

[Stanley Cup Playoffs 2022 schedule, TV info]

• The Rangers have signed Vitali Kravtsov to a one-year deal. Will he stay or will he stick with his trade request? [Rangers]

• To solve their goalie situation for next season, the Wild and GM Bill Guerin must get creative. [Zone Coverage]

• The U.S. women’s team will play for gold Monday night against Canada at the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship. [USA Hockey]

• Mikko Koskinen is no longer with the Oilers after signing a two-year deal with HC Lugano of the Swiss league. [Swiss Hockey News]

• A look back at the 1983 U.S. national men’s team, which qualified for the 1983 Sarajevo Games to defend the “Miracle on Ice” gold medal. [Litter Box Cats]


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