Haggerty's Morning Skate: Tuesday, April 22

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Tuesday, April 22
April 22, 2014, 3:30 pm
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*NHL scoring is down this season, and USA Today hockey scribe Kevin Allen has some good reasons behind the entire situation.

*Alan Muir takes the Tampa Bay Lightning to task for risking Steven Stamkos in a playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens after the Bolts forward took a major knee to the side of the head.

*Pierre Lebrun has the Los Angeles Kings looking to pick up the pieces after getting decimated by the San Jose Sharks.

*Eric Wilbur breaks down Phil Kessel getting lambasted on twitter for saying that nothing is better than “night fishing.” Apparently angry Maple Leafs fans think that the playoffs would have been better, and Kessel might be better off going into his introverted shell.

*The Hockey News asks if its time for a referee in the press box given what kind of debacle it might have been had Matt Cooke scored a game-winner against the Colorado Avalanche. It is amazing to me that a clear, predatory knee-to-knee from one of the NHL’s most vicious players only earned the Minnesota hatchet man a two-minute minor penalty. It’s reassuring to see the NHL throwing the book at him in the supplemental discipline department.

*Dave Tippett says that Keith Yandle has some work to do in gaining consistency in the defensive zone.

*For something different and fairly bizarre: An All-Earth Day team for Major League Baseball.