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PHT Morning Skate: O’Reilly’s Hart case; Doughty ready for season to end

Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and the 1984 Edmonton Oilers reflect on their Stanley Cup loss to the New York Islanders. The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin April 10th on the networks of NBC and the NBC Sports app.

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• The Ryan O’Reilly trade is looking worse by the day for the Buffalo Sabres. (Buffalo News)

• Speaking of O’Reilly, a case for him to be in the mix for the Hart Trophy. (St. Louis Game-Time).

• Sergei Bobrovsky is doing everything he can to get the Columbus Blue Jackets into the playoffs. (TSN)

• Brad Marchand became the first Bruin to hit the 100-point mark in almost 18 years. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

• What does the future of the Montreal Canadiens look like between the pipes? They’re pretty deep behind Carey Price. (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

• Team USA coach John Wroblewski believes that Flyers prospect Joel Farabee can be in the NHL on opening night next season. (NBC Sports Philly)

• Why the Tampa Bay Lightning should consider trading for Hurricanes prospect Adam Fox. (Raw Charge)

• Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers don’t seem to be on the same path right now. (New York Post)

• Cale Makar could give the Avalanche a nice boost before the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Mile High Hockey)

• Not many teams win the Stanley Cup and the Presidents’ Trophy in the same year. (The Hockey News)

• Troy Terry will miss the rest of the regular season because of a leg injury. (OC Register)

• Marc Crawford will be in the mix for the Senators coaching vacancy this offseason. (Ottawa Citizen)

• Andreas Athanasiou has made a positive impact on the Red Wings this season. (Winging it in Motown)

• Drew Doughty just wants the Kings’ season to be over. (Sportsnet)

• Scott Barney is now the permanent head coach of the Humboldt Broncos. (CBC)

• The Dallas Stars aren’t shy about using technology behind the bench. (

• The Islanders need their power play to get going before the start of the playoffs. (The Sports Daily)

• Would a 2019 Team North America beat a 2016 Team North America? ESPN tackles that question.

• Puck Junk gives us five coaches that could be fired. (Puck Junk)

• What are the Philadelphia Flyers’ standards? (NBC Sports Philly)

• The American International College hockey program took some serious steps forward this year. (Scotty Wazz)


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