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PHT Morning Skate: My name is Jonas

Jonas Hiller

Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, of Switzerland, stands as the national anthem is sung prior to an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Bruce Boudreau thinks that Jonas Hiller doesn’t get enough credit thanks to East Coast Bias. Well he should know a fair bit about that now shouldn’t he? (OC Register)

The Winnipeg Jets would be more aptly named if they were called the Roller Coasters with the way they’ve played of late. (Winnipeg Sun)

If you didn’t think the Blues were playing gritty enough defense, then Ken Hitchcock would like to call you a friend. (Post-Dispatch)

Anders Lindback may have lost to the Rangers last night, but boy was he star struck to lose to his idol Henrik Lundqvist. (Tennessean)

The Coyotes are really missing Martin Hanzal these days. (Ice Chips)

Brooks Orpik managed to scare the hell out of the Hurricanes last night with his big hit on Jeff Skinner. (Backhand Shelf)

After Taylor Hall’s mishap in warmups that saw him having to get 30 stitches in his head, the Oilers might just be making helmets mandatory for the pre-game skate. Derp. (Edmonton Sun)

Finally, Jiri Hudler’s shootout winner against Dallas was yet another Peter Forsberg-like treat for the Red Wings. (NHL)