PHT Morning Skate: Tarasenko brings young fan on the road with the Blues
--On Tuesday night, Jamie and Jordie Benn went head-to-head for the first time in their NHL careers. After the game, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun got to spend some time with both players. Jamie said: “It’s obviously a great opportunity (for Jordie). We’ve said it before, and we’ve said it to each other: He can be Jordie Benn now and not Jamie Benn’s brother, which he got a lot in Dallas. He’s got a great opportunity with a great team. He’s fit in well.’' (ESPN)
--The Chicago Blackhawks have had an up and down month of March, and Sportsnet’s Jonathan Willis analyzes whether or not they’re a legit cup contender. According to Willis, this year’s team has similar characteristics to the team that won the cup in 2015, but they also resemble last year’s team that got bounced in the opening round. (Sportsnet)
--Last month, Vladimir Tarasenko got young Arianna Dougan an incredible surprise for her birthday. He promised Dougan, who had cancer when she was three, that he’d bring her on the road with the Blues. Well, that time finally came. The 11-year-old fan is getting to travel to Arizona and Colorado. “She looks pretty excited. I knew it before, but if you look in her eyes right now, me and my wife make the right decision to buy this and make this little present. It’s not much, but when you make a kid happy, this means a lot.” This is such an awesome story. (NHL.com)
--It wasn’t too long ago that Tuukka Rask was on a four-game losing streak, but he’s now won back-to-back starts including last night’s 2-0 shutout win over the Dallas Stars. You can watch the highlights from that game by clicking the video at the top of the page.
--BarDown has put together a list of nine players that have recorded at least 10 Gordie Howe hat tricks during their career. Earlier this week, Jarome Iginla picked up the 11th Gordie Howe hat trick of his career. Also on the list are Brendan Shanahan, Brian Sutter and Cam Neely. (BarDown)
--With the Vegas expansion draft right around the corner, The Hockey News looks back at the Nashville Predators’ thought process when they were putting their first roster together. It’s interesting to go back and look at David Poile’s philosophy and how it all ended up playing out. (The Hockey News)
--Connor McDavid scored his first career shorthanded goal in last night’s game against San Jose, and as you’d expect, it was pretty nice: