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PHT Morning Skate: Where Canadian fans can determine rooting interest

Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Baird

Displaying loyalty to their respective hockey teams, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a New York Rangers NHL Hockey jersey as Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird holds an Ottawa Senators jersey following a meeting of the G8 foreign ministers at Blair House in Washington, Thursday, April 12, 2012. The Rangers and Senators open their Stanley Cup playoff series tonight in New York. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


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.

Kris Versteeg told George Richards that Tomas Fleischmann played with a broken hand. I guess that’s nothing after dealing with life-threatening blood clots, though, right? Hockey players are tough. (George Richards)

CSN Washington provides an early look at the intriguing Rangers-Capitals series. (

Peter DeBoer didn’t seem too shaken up about the New Jersey Devils’ difficulties holding onto leads. (Fire & Ice)

New York Rangers fans mocked Daniel Alfredsson at the 11:11 mark of the first period last night, trolling Ottawa Senators devotees in the process. (Puck Daddy)

With the Senators’ departure from the playoffs, Canadian NHL teams are already out of the playoff mix. Obviously every squad is teeming with Canadians, though, so the CBC helps patriotic types figure out who to root for. (CBC)

Coyotes GM Don Maloney believes that Phoenix and Nashville represent “mirror images” of each other. No word on if that image is of a person yawning. (AZ Central)

Would you rather have some time off between series or jump right back into the fray? Danny Briere leans toward the former - so he must be happy about the Philadelphia Flyers’ freshness advantage against the New Jersey Devils. (

The Predators need both Kostitsyns to kick in. (

David Backes is growing into his role as captain. (