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PHT Morning Skate: Season’s mental toll on players; Dach skating for Blackhawks

Keith Jones, Dominic Moore, and Liam McHugh break down the latest NHL Power Rankings, where the Knights have taken over the top spot while the Isles make a strong case to move up.

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.

• An important read on the mental effects of this season on NHL players. [ESPN]

• How the condensed NHL schedule is affecting on-ice outcomes. [Sounds of Hockey]

• Kirby Dach has started skating with the Blackhawks as he works his way back from a wrist injury suffered at the World Junior Championship. [NBC Sports Chicago]

• Great read on Walter Gretzky’s year as an assistant coach with the University of Pittsburgh roller hockey team. Yes, you read that correct. [Post-Gazette]

• NHL Power Rankings: Fleury, Stone drive Golden Knights to top. [PHT]

• Contender or pretender: Auston Matthews’ challengers in goal scoring race. [PHT]

• With Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid reunited, the Oilers depth is about to be tested. [Sportsnet]

• Every night, the NHL’s 2015 draft class shows just how great it is. [TSN]

[Your 2020-21 NHL on NBC TV schedule]

• Two big wins over the weekend helped the Penguins’ path to the playoffs get a little clearer. [Pensburgh]

• Injuries to the blue line are pretty big a strain on the Lightning depth on defense. [Raw Charge]

• Why don’t NHL teams invest more in developing their own goaltenders? [Featurd]

• As their season continues to plummet, the Sabres are reportedly open for business. [Spector’s Hockey]

• A great look at top prospects from all 31 NHL teams. [Hockey Sense]

• Carter Hutton’s wife, Stacey, was the lucky winner of a $50,000 lottery jackpot. [TB News Watch]


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