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PHT Morning Skate: Ovechkin unsure for Tuesday; VR training in hockey

Liam McHugh, Keith Jones and Patrick Sharp dive into the latest NHL power rankings to discuss how Colorado is meeting expectations despite COVID-19 complications and why Minnesota could be dangerous in the postseason.

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

• After missing Saturday’s game, Alex Ovechkin may also miss out Tuesday night against the Islanders with a lower-body injury. []

• An interesting look at how virtual reality is aiding skaters and goaltenders in their training. [The Hockey News]

• Elias Pettersson has not played for the Canucks since March 2, and it’s looking like he may not be back this season. [Sportsnet]

• The Lightning show off their blingy 2020 Stanley Cup championship rings Friday night. [PHT]

• Keith Yandle is now second all-time as his ironman streak is now at 915. He is 50 games away from passing Doug Jarvis for the NHL record. [PHT]

• An upper-body injury has ended Dylan Larkin’s season. [MLive]

• “Jason Spezza led an initiative in which a group of Maple Leafs players pooled together money to make a contribution to their AHL counterparts.” [The Score]

• After facing a trademark infringement lawsuit from a local bar, the Kraken will change the name of the “Kraken Bar & Grill,” a restaurant planned for its the team’s training facility [Seattle Times]

• Ryan Strome has become quite a bargain for the Rangers. [Blue Seat Blogs]

• Let Eeli Tolvanen and Anthony Duclair help deliver you a title in fantasy hockey. [NBC Sports Edge]


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy