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PHT Morning Skate: NHLers make their Super Bowl LII picks

Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: The New England Patriots celebrate with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

• Not many people expected the Bruins to be one of the better teams in the NHL this year, but here they are. Should they go it? (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

• Mika Zibanejad is the Rangers’ number one center. How does he stack up against the other top line centers in the league? (Blue Shirt Banter)

• Penguins captain Sidney Crosby made a surprise appearance at an outdoor rink in Quebec. No need telling you that the only kid on the ice was pretty shocked when Crosby decided to lace up his skates. (

• Blues players have had their fathers tag along on their recent road trip. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

• USA Today discusses the possibility of having one game per season where players can get creative with their on-ice uniform just like they do in baseball. (USA Today)

• Team Canada defenseman Karl Stollery is taking it upon himself to be a good host during his team’s stay in Latvia. (CBC Olympics)

• Jaromir Jagr’s passion for hockey is both a strength and a weakness for him. (Flames Nation)

• What is the biggest rivalry in the NHL? Is it the battle of New York? Could it still be Pittsburgh and Washington? (ESPN)

• Erik Haula has been pretty clutch for the Vegas Golden Knights this season. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• The fine people at Predlines handed out some hardware to the Nashville Predators for their performance during the month of January. (Predlines)

• Some NHL stars decided to make their Super Bowl picks ahead of this weekend’s game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles:


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