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Topics Of Discussion From The TSN Insiders

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Will Connor McDavid be named the next captain of the Oilers? What is Hockey Canada's back-up plan if NHLers don't go to the Olympics? Will Joe Thornton sign another three-year deal? The TSN Hockey Insiders cover these topics and more.

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Offense Not An Issue For Detroit Early In The Pre-Season

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

For a team that has struggled to score, seeing the puck go in is a good visual no matter what time of the season.

The Wings are 2-0 headed into Friday’s exhibition game against Boston on the strength of a combined nine goals scored by eight different players. Even with the caveat that exhibition lineups don’t reflect NHL lineups, it’s beneficial that, for example, the expected fourth line of Steve Ott, Drew Miller and Luke Glendening had three goals in Wednesday’s 5-1 victory at Boston.

“When people score they gain confidence,” Wings coach Jeff Blashil said Thursday. “Glennie, Millsie, Otter all had a goal – that’s a confidence thing. I think as a hockey team it’s a confidence thing.

“We know it's not the NHL right now. But when pucks go in, you gain confidence and we’ll take it.”

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Video- Andrew Shaw Suspended For The Next Three Preseason Games

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Welcome To The NHL Patrik Laine

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from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

But Laine has never, ever, experienced anything like a cutthroat NHL training camp before.

And the first few days of his first one with the Winnipeg Jets have opened his eyes and screamed into his ears: he's not in Finland, or even the pro league in Switzerland, anymore.

“We don't normally have nothing like the training camp,” Laine said, Wednesday. “Everybody comes to the practice and we don't have to kind of race (for) the spots on the team. We just come there and practise and then play. And we don't have that many guys there. We just have the team and we're just practising with them.

“Here you have those guys that want to take your spot and want to be ahead of you in the roster. Back home there's no such thing.”

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Jimmy Howard Will Play The Full Game Friday Night At The Joe

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Ansar Khan tweets,

Jimmy Howard will play entire preseason game tomorrow vs. Bruins at JLA (7:30, FSD Plus, WWJ-AM 950), Jeff Blashill said.

Blashill said he'll go with primarily same lineup that played Tuesday. One exception is Filip Hronek (2nd pick in '16) in place of Paetsch.

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Video- Seven Minutes Of Sidney Crosby At Game 1 Of The World Cup Final

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Meet Steve Ott And His Chirping

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Recap Of Wings/Bruins From The Boston Side Plus A Feature On Tomas Tatar

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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

GOLD STAR: Take your pick: Steve Ott, Drew Miller and Luke Glendening torched the Bruins with veteran savvy and toughness against a very young defensemen unit trying to survive in the second preseason game. Ott and Glendening each scored a goal and finished with three points, and Miller finished with a goal and two points while all three forwards had a plus-3 rating for the night. All of their goals came off winning battles, crashing the net and taking advantage of defensive miscues. The goals provided a good lesson to the young kids that have a ways to go before they’re NHL ready at this point in their careers. It certainly must have been a kick to the stones to many Bruins fans when “Brave” Steve Ott was named the No. 1 Star of the game after it was all over, but that was certainly appropriate.

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Larry Lage of the AP has a feature on the play of Tomas Tatar at the World Cup.

"He's going to the net," Canada coach Mike Babcock said. "Tats has great skill and great determination to score. He's a good hockey player. He was real good for me when I was in Detroit. He wants to be in big situations."

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The World Cup Of Hockey Could End Tonight

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The World Cup of Hockey trophy, whatever the heck they call that monstrosity of an award that goes to the winner of the event, will be in the Air Canada Centre Thursday night as Canada tries to lock down its third consecutive best-on-best championship when it faces Team Europe.

There's no question that the air has gone out of this tournament somewhat in recent days -- especially after Team Europe upended heavily favored Sweden in the semifinals, giving Canada what most believed would be an easy path to a tournament title in the best-of-three finals.

Of course, Team Europe had other plans and played a near-perfect game in the opening title of the finals on Tuesday night before ultimately falling 3-1. Europe head coach Ralph Krueger and his players were defiant in the wake of the loss, insisting that they took no moral victories from essentially playing Canada to a standstill before losing because of a couple of defensive breakdowns.

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Video- Patrick Maroon Suffers An Apparent Leg Injury

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via Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

The outcome can immediately be forgotten — Vancouver and Edmonton remain tied with 0 points — with the major concern being the health or otherwise of Patrick Maroon. The burly left winger, one of the better Oilers in this sloppy affair, left the game with a leg injury midway through the third period after an awkward hit by Vancouver’s James Sheppard. Maroon’s status was unknown after the game, but it didn’t look good at all.

 

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