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PHT Morning Skate: Caps happy for change after long homestand

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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals warms up before the game against the Edmonton Oilers at the Verizon Center on October 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. (October 13, 2013 - Source: Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America)

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 veteran Chris Neil downplayed the unusual nature of Wednesday’s contest as they get ready to play in Detroit for the first time since Daniel Alfredsson signed with the Red Wings. (Ottawa Sun)

The Washington Capitals are looking forward to their upcoming five-game road trip. (CSN Washington)

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Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has repeatedly shown a willingness to give young players big opportunities and it’s paid off. (CSN Chicago)

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault reflected on his memories of Marty Biron after the veteran goaltender announced his retirement. “In my opininon he was always the ultimate team guy,” Vigneault said. (The Bergen Record)

Phil Kessel and his younger sister Amanda are well on their way to making their respective United States Olympic hockey teams. (

The Capitals’ defensemen focused on being more aggressive on Saturday and they saw immediate results. (Washington Post)

Travis Morin, 29, has only played in three career NHL games, but he’s been absurdly good in the AHL so far this season. The Texas Stars forward won the AHL Player of the Week award and already has seven goals and 15 points in just six contests. (

Highlights from San Jose’s 1-0 shootout victory over Detroit:

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