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-"The owners can sit there and do giveaways and lower ticket prices to get the fans back to the game knowing that what they are really doing is taking it out of our pockets," Roenick said. "It's important to get people back into the arenas to watch hockey, but it is a lot easier to do when (the owners) know they still get their money back because they are taking it out of our paycheck." -When asked about the NBA's new dress code, Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella said he was disappointed at how the U.S. team dressed at last spring's world championship when he was an assistant coach. Apparently, USA Hockey sent the players a memo telling them to dress "casual." "And they came in with jeans with holes," Tortorella said. "You say `casual' to an athlete and he's going to push it to the limit. I thought we were dressed like slobs and it's not going to happen here." -"I think I'm competing," he said. "I don't think I have to be angry to score goals. I have to be skating. I have to be shooting. I've got to be better and I will be. I believe that."- Jarome Iginla -During the one week break, the Flyers did get a chance to work on special teams, an aspect of the game that has become more important under the new NHL rules. Going into Friday night's games, the Flyers were ranked 23rd on the power play and 26th in penalty-killing. "It was a matter of sorting things out with the new [dimensions] of the ice surface," Primeau said. "I think we will be on an upward trend now." -Through a scheduling quirk, the Detroit Red Wings will face just two different opponents in their next five games. The Red Wings look to become the first NHL team with eight victories this season Saturday when they play the first of two consecutive contests against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After facing the Blue Jackets again Monday in Columbus, Detroit battles "Original Six" rival Chicago three straight times, beginning Thursday.

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