Morning Skate: Wednesday, Jan. 30

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Jan. 30

Paul Kelly somehow pops up in Markham, Ontario declaring that the NHL plans to expand to 32 teams as the city deliberates over approving a plan for a new arena deal, and the NHL shoots down that supposition.

The Blackhawks are making the most of their games on the road, and its a good thing because they have no choice.

Wayne Gretzky questions whether the Oilers have the intangible qualities needed to ascend to a championship level.

Mike Milbury and Keith Jones openly wonder on NBC Sports Network if the Washington Capitals are utilizing Alex Ovechkin the correct way.

Good piece by Sarah Connors at Stanley Cup of Chowder detailing the substantial role that women play in the NHLs popularity, and the danger of patronizing them.

The Flyers are hoping that Mike Knubles arrival can mean good things for their special teams experience.

Nobody in Montreal is celebrating the P.K. Subban signing as much as theyre just ready to go back to work with their full roster of players.

For something completely different: The All-Fun All-Star team that should be invited to NBA All-Star weekend.

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

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Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving two thumbs up to The Lego Batman Movie after a screening with my 3 1/2 year old.

*Alex Prewitt has a profile on Anaheim defenseman prospect Shea Theodore as he waits for his time with the Ducks.

*The Vancouver Canucks have a mumps problem this season, and we continue to wonder why this is becoming an issue again in a first-world society.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Patrick Eaves dealt to the Ducks for what could be first round pick if Anaheim advances far enough through the playoffs.

*Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Philly’s young team won’t be buying ahead of next week’s NHL trade deadline.

*Along with his “Sutter-isms”, diversity is a family value for the Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

*Dave Strader gets back into the broadcast booth with the Dallas Stars, and will be a welcomed addition to the national NBC broadcast of Bruins/Stars on Sunday afternoon.

*As cold as he was earlier in the season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is heating up now for the Blueshirts.

*For something completely different: Brie Larson is already prepping for her role as Captain Marvel by stepping up her game as an influence for positive change among her Hollywood peers.