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PHT Morning Skate: Why Quenneville was fired; more third jersey leaks

Sidney Crosby and the Penguins going on the road to face Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals highlights Wednesday Night Hockey. Coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

• Third jerseys for the Kings, Lightning and Maple Leafs were leaked on the NHL’s international website recently. (Icethetics)

• If the Blackhawks are expecting their play to change drastically because they fired Joel Quenneville, they may have another thing coming. (Yahoo)

• ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski asks and answers some of the biggest questions surrounding the Quenneville firing/Jeremy Colliton hiring. (ESPN)

• Poor team defense is one of the biggest reasons why the Blackhawks have struggled to get results this season. (The Point)

• Now that Quenneville is available, would the Philadelphia Flyers consider letting go of Dave Hakstol? (NBC Sports Philly)

• The Arizona Coyotes have been a shorthanded goal scoring machine. This has to come to an end at some point, right? (Sports Illustrated)

• Elias Pettersson is currently on pace to score 122 points, but he has to slow down at some point. (Vancourier)

• Canucks forward Brock Boeser got to reunite with an old friend that was involved in a scary car accident a few years ago. (

• The Stockton Heat paid special tribute to one of their players, Ollas Mattsson, who lost his mom to cancer six years ago. (

• Rasmus Dahlin has already left an impression on the city of Buffalo and his teammates. (The Score)

• Speaking of the Sabres, it’s time for them to admit that Rasmus Ristolainen isn’t a top pairing defenseman. (Die by the Blade)

• The Capitals have many superstar forwards on their team, but T.J. Oshie does a lot of good things that seem to fly under the radar. (Nova Caps)

• It was only a matter of time before Brendan Lemieux did something silly on the ice. (Winnipeg Free Press)

• Based on previous years, the fact that the Golden Knights are out of the playoffs is bad news for those hoping they’d be able to have similar success to last season. (Sinbin.Vegas)


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.