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PHT Morning Skate: Reaves hates Wilson; Holtby and Mario Kart

Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones examine the NHL teams fighting to make the playoffs including the Columbus Blue Jackets, Winnipeg Jets and Arizona Coyotes in the first installment of 'Push to the Playoffs.'

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

• Yzerman’s hands all over the Lightning at the present, but future uncertain. (

• Put the best teams in the playoffs, regardless of conference. (USA Today)

• 11 months after their horrifying bus crash, the rebuilt Humboldt Broncos have made the SJHL playoffs. (660 City News)

• A look at how the Metropolitan Division became the NHL’s most hotly-contested race. (Yahoo Sports)

• Not entirely shocking but Ryan Reaves hates Tom Wilson. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

• A list of the 10 most intriguing coaching candidates for Ottawa. (Sportsnet)

• Blues’ star Ryan O’Reilly talks his team’s wild season. (ESPN)

• How the Islanders’ young crop make the team better. (Lighthouse Hockey)

• Re-signing Anders Lee would be a great move by the Islanders. (The Sports Daily)

• ‘It doesn’t take an X or a Y chromosome’: Female officials are coming to the NHL. (Washington Post)

• When Ted Lindsay fought, everybody won. (Deadspin)

• Braden Holtby and Mario Kart tattoos. (The Players’ Tribune)

• NHL executive Kim Davis on racism in hockey and growing the game. (The Undefeated)

• Hockey’s diversity in pictures, from pee wee to the pro leagues. (The Color of Hockey)

• The Vancouver Canucks will play meaningful games in March, one way or another. (Canucks Army)

• A look at Tyler Ennis and whether or not the Maple Leafs should re-sign or replace. (The Leafs Nation)

• Should the Devils split the goalie workload 50/50 between Cory Schneider and MacKenzie Blackwood. (FanSided)

• The flu isn’t going to stop Brent Burns’ charge at the Norris. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck