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PHT Morning Skate: MacKinnon returns for Avs; Pettersson out another week

Keith Jones, Dominic Moore, and Liam McHugh break down the latest NHL Power Rankings, where the Knights have taken over the top spot while the Isles make a strong case to move up.

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• Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon will be back Wednesday night against Arizona after missing three games with an upper-body injury. “This is one of the top players in the world, and he’s our on-ice leader and we need him,” said head coach Jared Bednar. “We need that offensive punch.” [Avalanche]

• Should the NHL keep the 2020 draft in July or push it back to the fall? [The Score]

• The first Flames practice with Darryl Sutter on the ice saw a 35-minute bag skate. [TSN]

• An upper-body injury will keep Elias Pettersson out of the Canucks’ lineup for another week. [Canucks Army]

• Looking at Dougie Hamilton and if he has a future in Carolina. [Canes and Coffee]

[Your 2020-21 NHL on NBC TV schedule]

• Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on Jake DeBrusk, who was scratched Tuesday night: “We’re not getting the effort we require.” [NBC Sports Boston]

• If the Maple Leafs are going to have Stanley Cup dreams, they need a fully healthy Auston Matthews. [Sportsnet]

• Barry Trotz on reaching the 1,700 games coached milestone: “It means that I’m old.” []

• Dallas Eakins gets the vote of confidence from Ducks GM Bob Murray. [OC Register]

• Seth Jarvis and Ryan Suzuki are just a few OHL prospects flourishing this season in the AHL. [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.