PHT Morning Skate: Where all eyes are on Wednesday
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.
Darryl Sutter is forever demanding as a coach and after the Kings dropped their final two games to San Jose, he wants more from his team as they’ll take on Vancouver in the first round. (L.A. Times)
Meanwhile, Dean Lombardi’s work in L.A. will ultimately be judged by how well they do against Vancouver, says Helene Elliott (L.A. Times)
Want to read something awesome about Henrik Lundqvist? Check out Ben Shpigel’s piece from the New York Times. He was so obsessed with goaltending as a kid that he sewed a pillow that was goalie-shaped. (New York Times)
Tuukka Rask might be ready to go for the playoffs. If not, it’s all on Anton Khudobin to back up Tim Thomas. (CSNNE.com)
Kyle Turris couldn’t be happier about finding a nice place to settle in in Ottawa. (Senators Extra)
The Sharks have a brand new role to embrace in the playoffs: They’re the underdogs. (CSNBayArea.com)
The Predators feel their size advantage gives them an edge on Detroit. (Tennessean)
As for the also-rans...
Steve Stamkos is bummed about missing the playoffs, but scoring 60 goals is a nice personal booby prize. (Tampa Tribune)
Leafs coach Randy Carlyle says he’s going to be a lot tougher next season. Oh... Good. (The Hockey News)
John Vogl of The Buffalo News calls this season for the Sabres a “wasted season.” (Buffalo News)
The Winnipeg Jets, meanwhile, think they need a lot of changes to improve next season. Judging by past seasons in Atlanta, yes, they do. Actually doing something would go a long way. (Winnipeg Sun)