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PHT Morning Skate: Where Peter DeBoer pictures the Kings as a mythical hydra

Dustin Penner, Slava Voynov, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards

Los Angeles Kings’ Dustin Penner (25) celebrates his game-winning goal against the Phoenix Coyotes with teammates Jeff Carter (77), Slava Voynov (26) and Mike Richards (10) in overtime during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-3, and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


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.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer says the Kings are a “three or four-headed monster” with who can beat you. Perhaps they’ll need to call in Perseus (Pariseus?) to slay the beast. (TSN)

Jonathan Quick seems to believe the Devils play a lot like how the Kings do. (Hint: He’s right) (LA Kings Insider)

Are the Kings the best eighth seed ever? James Mirtle believes they are. (Globe And Mail)

Travis Zajac is quietly being really awesome in the playoffs for New Jersey. (Sportsnet)

Bob McKenzie reflects back on when the Kings were hot after Ilya Kovalchuk. (TSN)

If you think the Kings will lose track of their sticks and get busted the way they did in 1993 this time around, you’ve got another thing coming. (Los Angeles Times)

With Game 1 approaching on Wednesday, getting back into a routine is bringing normalcy back for the Kings. (LA Kings Insider)

Peter DeBoer says Mike Richards would run you over to win a Stanley Cup. Good thing I won’t be on the ice then. (Fire & Ice)

Leafs GM Brian Burke has a lot of stuff on his mind about things including the Canadiens and Roberto Luongo. (Toronto Sun)

The Rangers would love to add some goals to their tough, physical play next season. What a novel idea! (Sportsnet)

Blues defenseman Barret Jackman is set to be a free agent this summer, is he headed out of town? (Post-Dispatch)