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PHT Morning Skate: U.S. men to face Slovakia; Toffoli deal good for both sides

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BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 13: Team USA players including Brian O’Neill #21 of Team United States and Sam Hentges #12 of Team United States react following their victory during the Men’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A match between Team United States and Team Germany on Day 9 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Wukesong Sports Centre on February 13, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

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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? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• Slovakia topped Germany in the Olympic playoff round, which sets up a quarterfinal date with the U.S. men Tuesday night (11:10 p.m. ET; USA Network, Peacock) [NBC Olympics]

• Meanwhile, Wednesday night (11 p.m. ET; NBC, Peacock) will see the U.S. and Canada women go for gold once again. [NBC Olympics]

• U.S. captain Kendall Coyne Schofield on the matchup: “There’s no bad game, every game’s a great game. These are the games that we live for, these are the games that we dream for, so every time we get an opportunity to play a game at the Olympic Games, it’s a special one.” [Team USA]

• Also on Wednesday, Jack Eichel will make his debut with the Golden Knights. [PHT]

• Why the Tyler Toffoli trade to Calgary is a move that works for both the Flames and Canadiens. [Sportsnet]

• Jordan Kyrou’s stock continues to rise this season with the Blues. [NHLPA]

• Mike Matheson has started to exceed expectations a year after being part of the Patric Hornqvist trade to Florida. [Pensburgh]

• How helping the goalies can help Lindy Ruff help himself and the Devils during this down season. [All About the Jersey]

• Ranking the top fantasy hockey surprises of the 2021-22 NHL season. [NBC Sports Edge]

• Why the Wild should make Joel Eriksson Ek the heartbeat of their power play. [Zone Coverage]


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