Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis (26) looks up during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Trevor Hagan)

PHT Morning Skate: Who would make Canada’s B team?


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.

Pierre LeBrun offers his picks for a Team Canada B squad. As you might imagine, there’s no shortage of talent. (ESPN.com)

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The NHL has enjoyed a lot of success when it comes to packing arenas this season, even when compared to the NBA. (Puck Daddy)

There’s not many goaltenders that have enjoyed more success in shootouts than Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Wayne Gretzky voiced his support of Steve Yzerman’s work as the general manager of Team Canada. (ESPN.com)

The Chicago Blackhawks have used Bryan Bickell sparingly as he struggles to find his way since returning from a knee injury. (Chicago Tribune)

Eric Staal will try to prove Team Canada wrong for leaving him off of the Olympic squad. (News & Observer)

Henrik Lundqvist has unveiled his mask for the NHL Stadium Series. The Rangers will play in Yankee Stadium, so naturally it features a few New York Yankees’ legends. (Lundqvist on Twitter)

Speaking of Lundqvist, here are the highlights from the New York Rangers’ 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks:

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.