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PHT Morning Skate: Crosby faces Hawks for first time since 2007

Sidney Crosby, Patrick Sharp

Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins await the puck drop in a face-off during an exhibition game at United Center on September 19, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (September 18, 2013 - Source: Jonathan Daniel/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.

Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy is very happy with 18-year-old defenseman Chris Bigras. (Denver Post)

Last night’s preseason game between the Blackhawks and Penguins was the first time Sidney Crosby had played against Chicago since Feb. 14, 2007. He was a rookie when he last played in the United Center and he still hasn’t faced Jonathan Toews in an NHL game. (CSN Chicago)

Martin Brodeur got his preseason workload started on a sour note. (The Bergen Record)

After receiving a $42 million, seven-year extension, Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins recalls a time when he couldn’t afford to play Pee Wee. (Edmonton Sun)

Organization depth has been among the Detroit Red Wings’ strengths lately. (Detroit News)

Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Bolland scored the game winner in his first Battle of Ontario match. However, Toronto didn’t escape unscathed. (

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