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PHT Morning Skate: Matthews’ footwork; Trade deadline candidates

Patrick Sharp is joined by Bruins All-Star forward David Pastrnak and Kendall Coyne Schofield from the US Women's National Team to play in the NHL All-Star Charity Shootout presented by Dunkin'.

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• Allie Thunstrom is having an awesome year and it’s helped the Minnesota Whitecaps’ resurgence. (The Hockey News)

• Auston Matthews’ footwork has helped get him into the Rocket Richard race. (TSN)

• The NHL’s Color of Hockey Blog takes a deeper look at John Paris jr’s career. (

• Inconsistency has become pretty normal for the New Jersey Devils. (All About the Jersey)

• Where could the Flyers upgrade their roster before the trade deadline? (Broad Street Buzz)

• Take a look back at Paul Coffey’s time with the Carolina Hurricanes. (Cardiac Cane)

• Could Jake Muzzin get an extension from the Maple Leafs soon? (Pension Plan Puppets)

• The Rangers have a tough month ahead of them. (Blue Line Station)

• Adam Gretz lists five players that the Pens need more from in the second half of the season. (Pensburgh)

• The Blues shouldn’t trade for Rangers forward Chris Kreider. (Bleedin Blue)

• Dylan Strome has passed Alex DeBrincat as the brightest young star on the Hawks roster. (Second City of Hockey)

•’s list of players to watch before the trade deadline is an interesting one. (NHL)


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.