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PHT Morning Skate: Wayne Gretzky will be making an appearance on ‘The Simpsons’

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

--On Dec. 11, Wayne Gretzky will appear on an episode of The Simpsons. (NHL)

--Speaking of hockey players making TV appearances...Brent Burns is in the new Dollar Beard Club commercial. (Top)

--Is the condensed schedule to blame for the seemingly higher number of injuries this season? (ESPN)

--Misha Donskov went from selling medical supplies to being a key part of the Vegas team’s front office. (Sports Illustrated)

--Canadiens forward Paul Byron has been terrific this season. (Canadian Press)

--The Islanders skated with some visually impaired children on Thursday: