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PHT Morning Skate: It’s been Backes or bust in St. Louis lately

Oct 31, 2013, 8:10 AM EDT

Alexander Steen, David Backes, T.J. Oshie AP

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.

David Backes has averaged over 24 minutes per game over the past three games. Those are normal numbers for a top-pair defenseman, not so much for a forward. Are they relying on him and his line a bit too much? (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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The Red Wings are loving what they’re getting from Danny DeKeyser. (Detroit Free Press)

Not to make this an all-Blues update morning but, apparently they’re choosing to be respectful over youthful goal celebrations in St. Louis. Hey, remember when players had fun? (Post-Dispatch)

Give it up to Richard Bachman for providing the Edmonton Oilers with some competent goaltending of late. (Edmonton Sun)

Oh yeah, it’s been the worst start to the season for the Oilers in almost 20 years and the fans want answers. (Edmonton Journal)

The Nashville Predators are really hoping their rookie goalies, Carter Hutton and Magnus Hellberg, can hold up for them over their upcoming road trip. Gulp. (The Tennessean)

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