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PHT Morning Skate: Matthews’ ‘hot streaks'; struggling Penguins

Liam McHugh, Mike Babcock and Patrick Sharp break down the latest NHL Power Rankings, where David Pastrnak's return has powered Boston to the top spot while Florida's strong play has the Cats joining the top 10.

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• Auston Matthews’ goal streak was extended to eight games Monday night. His teammates see that as the new normal: “We were just joking about it, like, it’s hard to even call them ‘hot streaks’ anymore, because it just seems like he’s hot all the time.” [TSN]

• U.S. hockey greats, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, have retired from the national team. [OlympicTalk]

• Paul Maurice on the NHL admitting fault during an offside challenge on Sunday by the Blue Jackets: “You know what? You always have good intentions, right? And that coach’s challenge has just done way, way more good in getting it right than, than that. So they had a mistake and they fixed it, I guess, as best they could. And it will bring scrutiny, right? And then it will force, maybe a better word, it will encourage, a review of the program and that’s how things get better, right?” [Winnipeg Sun]

• Trying to pinpoint what’s going on with the Predators. [On the Forecheck]

• An upper-body injury will keep Ryan Johansen out “week-to-week.” []

• The Penguins’ X-factors are trending in the wrong direction. [Pensburgh]

• Why the NHL should consider pausing the 2020-21 season. [Japers’ Rink]

• Things are getting real ugly with the Canucks and there are no signs it will change anytime soon. [Featurd]

• More postponements for the Devils, Sabres, and Wild. [PHT]

• Wayne Simmonds will be out the next six weeks with a broken wrist. [PHT]

• Fun look at the rookie cards of every 2020-21 NHL head coach. [Puck Junk]

• Derek Stepan is seeking a trade from the Senators to be closer to home. [Hockey Wilderness]

• Signs of improvement for the Senators and Red Wings are just not there at the moment. [Spector’s Hockey]

• Picking up Golden Knights and Lightning players should be on your fantasy hockey to-do list this week. [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.