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
Evan Sporer @ev_sporer Updated at 2:03 p.m. ET Updated at 2:03 p.m. ET Watch NHLNHL with fuboTV One of the cruelties of the Stanley Cup playoffs — and really all of sports — is that the best team doesn't always win, just the team that is playing the best at the time, has the bounces go its way, and puts together a run of 16 victories over a grueling two months of hockey. The Capitals, after years of being the best team in the regular season before collapsing come playoff time, flipped the script in June. After 40 years of waiting, the Capitals finally climbed the mountain, and won four playoff series, capturing their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. But practically speaking, even in the midst of an offseason that has seen general manager Brian MacLellan maneuver into keeping the club's most important pieces, Washington isn't the best team. Neither are … [Read more...] about NHL offseason power rankings: Predators, Lightning still on top after dust settles
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media today ahead of Game One of the Stanley Cup Final to address ongoing league issues. The pair answered questions for close to an hour combined and touched on many of the most important issues facing the NHL currently: Bettman clarified the situation regarding Seattle and the next round of expansion in the NHL. He began by shooting down rumors that the Board of Governors would vote on Seattle’s expansion bid at next month’s meeting. Instead, Bettman offered meetings in September or December of this year as the likely voting date. Bettman stressed that there was never any timetable for this round of expansion, so there is no delay in evaluating Seattle’s situation, but instead said that “the train just hasn’t arrived at the station on time.” However, Bettman did add that there has been “no pushback whatsoever” from the owners on … [Read more...] about Bettman And Daly Discuss Expansion, Salary Cap, Playoffs And More In State Of The League Address