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PHT Morning Skate: Alfredsson isn’t worried about Sens’ youngsters

Apr 30, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT

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Jakob Silfverberg #33 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his first period short-handed goal with line mate Daniel Alfredsson #11 and with members on the bench, during an NHL game against the New York Rangers, at Scotiabank Place on February 21, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson isn’t worried about the fact that several of the team’s key players have little to no playoff experience. “They handled that (jump to the big leagues) beautifully, so I expect them to do that with these circumstances, too,” Alfredsson said. (Ottawa Citizen)

Don’t count on forward Darren Helm returning for the Detroit Red Wings’ first-round series. (Detroit Free Press)

Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish doesn’t think it’s enough for his team to get tougher. They need their third and fourth liners to also contribute offensively on occasion. (Edmonton Sun)

When did the New York Islanders’ turnaround start? (Newsday)

The Washington Capitals don’t plan on being active players in the free agent market this summer. (CSN Washington)

Toronto Maple Leafs GM David Nonis isn’t shy about calling his team the underdogs against the Boston Bruins. (Toronto Sun)

New Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill identified the team’s depth up the middle as a key area that needs to be addressed. (Dallas Morning News)

Chicago didn’t finish the season with a 36-7-5 record simply by overwhelming its opponents. The Blackhawks were able to perform in clutch situations, as evidenced by their 19-3-5 record in one-goal games. (CSN Chicago)

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