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 [email protected] • We’re still a few years away from the Seattle expansion draft, but The Tennessean is already looking ahead to who the Preds would protect in 2021. (The Tennessean) • Speaking of protection lists, who will the Blue Jackets protect in 2021? (The Cannon) • The New York Post’s Larry Brooks explains why the NHL’s playoff format is broken. (New York Post) • The Ottawa Senators have gone through some tough times this season, but there are positives that have emerged. One of them is promising center Colin White. (Ottawa Citizen) • Even though he’s missed some time with a shoulder injury, it’s not impossible that Auston Matthews scores 50 this season. (Toronto Sun) • The Hockey News breaks down 10 things we’ve learned about the NHL so far in 2018-19. (The Hockey … [Read more...] about PHT Morning Skate: NHL’s broken playoff format; Can Matthews score 50?
New nhl playoff format
Give it up to Seattle. That's going to be a terrific addition to the NHL roster, a made-for-Vancouver rival in what figues to be a sparkling arena renovation in a great city with incredible sports fans. Home run all the way. The NHL will hit 32 teams in 2021-22 and there's another renovation that should now be undertaken but it won't be easy. Gary Bettman is against any changes to the league's clunky playoff system but it needs to be overhauled. It's time owners, GMs and coaches band together and get the commish to listen and the rumblings out of last week's Board of Governors meeting in Sea Island, Ga., were positive on that front. More teams and a better format should be the league's goals in the coming years. There were times in the late 70s and early 80s were 16 of 21 teams were in the postseason and that was laughable. Everybody made the playoffs. It was too much. Well, we're at 16 out of 31 now and 16 out of 32 three years from now. That's almost as bad. Half the league is left … [Read more...] about Inside the NHL: With Seattle’s day coming, it’s time to straighten out the playoff format
1. The Pittsburgh Penguins are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings and things don’t appear to be getting better. Is there cause for concern or can this be chalked up to of an early-season slump? SEAN: The Penguins can’t just say ‘Oh, well, we’ve done this before’ and expect to rally themselves into a playoff spot. They play in a competitive conference and a tough division, so digging themselves out of their current hole will not be easy. It helps when you have the talent on board that they do, but injuries and sub-par goaltending had led them to their current predicament. What we likely will see is another trade or two by Jim Rutherford, a GM who’s known for being aggressive well before the NHL trade deadline. This is a team that he constructed, with many pieces owners of two Stanley Cup rings. His patience is already run thin and further struggling will only see more faces shipped out of Pittsburgh in hopes of bringing in new blood. … [Read more...] about Roundtable: Expanding the NHL playoff format; Penguins’ woes
Vegas Nation and Golden Edge are two programs on the new Review-Journal podcast hub. The Las Vegas Review-Journal has launched its online podcast hub at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. The RJ’s Vegas Nation podcast is up and running for its second season covering the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders. Host Heidi Fang is joined by Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken as well as NFL writer Gilbert Manzano as they break down the team’s performance each week and look ahead to the next game. The weekly podcast also features interviews with NFL experts, players, and coaches. “Articles have inch counts. Videos have time constraints. In our podcast, we provide a deep dive on different Raiders topics in a fun, casual — and at times competitive — format,” Gehlken said. A second podcast, Golden Edge, recently debuted at the RJ. Each week, journalists Adam Hill, Ben Gotz, and David Schoen offer their insights as the Golden Knights’ look to return to the NHL … [Read more...] about Vegas Nation, Golden Edge on new podcast hub at Review-Journal
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Tues., Oct. 2, 2018 So it is about to begin: The quest for the Presidents’ Trophy. Hockey doesn’t quite think in those terms — the Stanley Cup is what everyone is after — but the oft-ridiculed Presidents’ Trophy is what the 82-game season is all about. Finishing first in the overall standings, earning home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs and giving yourself the best chance possible at that coveted Cup. “Winning the Presidents’ Trophy, it’s often derided as yeah, OK, you win something and it’s the regular season, doesn’t matter,” says Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas. “But I think it’s a major accomplishment. I think it should be a major goal for a team. You’re in a competition against 30 other teams over six-plus months. “And if you can consistently perform and be the best team across those six months, I think that’s a major … [Read more...] about Presidents’ Trophy the ugly duckling of NHL hardware