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PHT Morning Skate: Where Barry Trotz pushes the right buttons

Calgary Flames v Nashville Predators

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 01: Head coach Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators coaches his team against the Calgary Flames at Bridgestone Arena on January 1, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

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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.

There’s a reason why the Predators keep winning year after year and it’s because coach Barry Trotz knows when to bench guys to motivate them. (Tennessean)

The Kings are raising the price of season tickets by as much as 11-percent next year and that’s going over about as well as you’d think it is. (Los Angeles Times)

The Ducks’ winning ways of late sees them winning in ways they haven’t done yet this year. For example: Winning after being down after two periods like they did against the Wild last night. (OC Register)

So... The Jets might really need to make a move to try and secure a playoff spot. Like really, really. (Winnipeg Sun)

Speaking of the Jets, Evander Kane is becoming as well liked as Dale Hawerchuk, Teemu Selanne, and Bobby Hull in Winnipeg? Lofty company. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Ilya Kovalchuk was surprised to get passed to for his empty-net goal to secure his first hat trick as a New Jersey Devil. That Zach Parise is an all right guy. (Star-Ledger)

Know who’s playing like a No.1 center this year? Olli Jokinen. (Calgary Sun)

Johnny Boychuk was more than happy to stick around in Boston. That sweet new contract sure helped a lot too. (

Finally, speaking of hat tricks, check out Jason Spezza’s trick against the Lightning in a 4-0 Senators win. (NHL)