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PHT Morning Skate: Who would make Canada’s B team?

Jan 9, 2014, 8:01 AM EDT

Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis (26) looks up during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Trevor Hagan) 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.

Pierre LeBrun offers his picks for a Team Canada B squad. As you might imagine, there’s no shortage of talent. (

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The NHL has enjoyed a lot of success when it comes to packing arenas this season, even when compared to the NBA. (Puck Daddy)

There’s not many goaltenders that have enjoyed more success in shootouts than Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Wayne Gretzky voiced his support of Steve Yzerman’s work as the general manager of Team Canada. (

The Chicago Blackhawks have used Bryan Bickell sparingly as he struggles to find his way since returning from a knee injury. (Chicago Tribune)

Eric Staal will try to prove Team Canada wrong for leaving him off of the Olympic squad. (News & Observer)

Henrik Lundqvist has unveiled his mask for the NHL Stadium Series. The Rangers will play in Yankee Stadium, so naturally it features a few New York Yankees’ legends. (Lundqvist on Twitter)

Speaking of Lundqvist, here are the highlights from the New York Rangers’ 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks:

  1. jennettalia - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Alternatively, you can see Canada’s A-J teams (although it’s a little crazy, I think even J is better than a few teams that will be actually playing in the olympics)

  2. ibieiniid - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    PHT, got a Datsyuk injury update for us?

    • joey4id - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      It depends who’s doing the speaking;
      “Pavel Datsyuk said he’ll be game time decision Thursday at San Jose”

      “Per Mike Babcock, Red Wings will get Danny DeKeyser back Thursday. Darren Helm possible. No on Pavel Datsyuk”

      “Mike Babcock said it doesn’t look like Pavel Datsyuk ready any time soon. Datsyuk seemed more confident”

      • ibieiniid - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:16 AM

        thanks joey. I saw the last of those 3, was confused. wondered if PHT had some sort of scoop past that. I hate to admit that it’s for my fantasy team, but I took the risk and played Datsyuk this week over Stastny. whoops. combine that with the late Couture surgery announcement and the Oshie injury and my week isn’t looking too promising.

      • joey4id - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        Tough week indeed. Good luck with that.

      • joey4id - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        Tough week indeed. Good luck with that.

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