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.
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PHT Morning Skate: Caps happy for change after long homestand


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:

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”



Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.