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PHT Morning Skate: OHL Spitfires beat Spirit in outdoor game

Dec 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 29 : A general view of the Windsor Spitfires against the Saginaw Spirit in Game One of the OHL Winter Classic at Comerica Park on December 29, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Getty Images

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.

As part of the pre-Winter Classic festivities, the Windsor Spitfires earned a 6-5 victory over the Saginaw Spirit at Comerica Park. It was the Ontario Hockey League’s first ever outdoor regular season game. (

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New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano thinks forward Kyle Okposo is worthy of an Olympic spot on Team USA. (Newsday)

Meanwhile, defenseman Mark Giordano would classify himself a “long shot” to make the Canadian squad. (

A look back at the New Jersey Devils up-and-down first half. (The Star-Ledger)

Drayson Bowman has been given a chance to move up in the Carolina Hurricanes’ depth charts while Jiri Tlusty is sidelined. (News & Observer)

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi didn’t feel his conditioning was an issue as he returned from an ankle injury last night. He had been sidelined for a little over two months. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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