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Teams to get 3-on-3 practice during preseason


NHL teams will get to experiment with 3-on-3 overtime during the preseason, whether they finish a game tied or not.

“We’ve designated three preseason games per team where they will use 3-on-3 overtime format, regardless of what the score is at the end of regulation,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told USA Today.

Each team has reportedly been asked to play at least three 3-on-3 OT sessions during the preseason.

Update: The league has designated 45 games for 3-on-3 play. Click here for the list.

The NHL introduced 3-on-3 overtime as a way to reduce the number of shootouts that were deciding games.

The new format should be a learning experience for all involved. At this point, nobody knows exactly what to expect. Different coaches will have different strategies. Some may preach attacking. Others may choose a more cautious approach, predicated on puck possession.

St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock described a 3-on-3 session he witnessed during a prospects scrimmage as “absolute chaos.”

“There wasn’t a scoring chance 4-on-4 for 10 or 12 minutes,” Hitchcock said, per TSN.ca. “As soon as it went to 3-on-3, the whole energy changed, the whole game changed. It was just score, score, score.”

Related: Laviolette will ‘figure out’ 3-on-3 overtime on the fly

Kane to attend Blackhawks training camp

Patrick Kane

In spite of the rape allegations against him, Patrick Kane will attend Chicago Blackhawks training camp.

The ‘Hawks confirmed to reporters that Kane will be there.

Kane is also listed on the training camp roster (PDF).

No word if Kane will speak with reporters about the allegations. Camp opens Friday morning at the University of Notre Dame.

Also, from the Sun-Times:

Hawks president John McDonough, general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville, along with some players, will talk with reporters on Thursday, and will have to address the Kane situation for the first time since the news of the investigation broke in early August.

Related: Visnovsky headed to Chicago’s camp on PTO

Blackhawks remain Stanley Cup favorites at online bookmaker


Even after the departures of Brandon Saad, Johnny Oduya, Patrick Sharp, Brad Richards, and Antoine Vermette — not to mention the serious allegations against Patrick Kane, and the fact there hasn’t been a repeat champion during the salary-cap era — the Chicago Blackhawks remain the favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup at online bookmaker Bovada.

In fact, the Blackhawks’ odds have slightly improved — from 7/1 to 13/2 — since hoisting the Cup in June.

Other teams that have seen their odds improve are the Kings (14/1 to 10/1), Flames (40/1 to 28/1), and, most dramatically, Stars (66/1 to 28/1).

The Canucks (40/1 to 66/1), Leafs (66/1 to 100/1), and Coyotes (100/1 to 150/1) are among the teams that have seen their odds go the other way.

Here’s the full list of Stanley Cup odds:


Outdoor game on Parliament Hill? It’s been discussed

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When U2 played a show in Montreal a few years back, a temporary outdoor stadium was erected to accommodate 80,000 fans.

The Ottawa Senators say that’s why an outdoor game on Parliament Hill in 2017 is a possibility, though the club also said no formal discussions have taken place.

“A pop-up stadium concept is something we’ve talked about in the past. Parliament Hill would be a unique backdrop if you could do it, but we haven’t done any work on that,” Senators president Cyril Leeder told TSN 1200.

Ottawa’s mayor, Jim Watson, said there have “been a number of discussions that have gone on between the federal government and the NHL about having it on the Hill. And it’s not a far-fetched idea – it’s physically possible.”

Not surprisingly, the Parliament Hill idea has its doubters. The most likely venue for the outdoor game in Ottawa —  a game the NHL has already confirmed will happen — remains TD Place Stadium, home of the CFL’s Redblacks.

But the temporary stadium idea is worth remembering. Even if it’s not Parliament Hill, there are other intriguing sites that could be explored — ones that would create buzz for a concept that many feel has been played out.

Report: Panthers offer Huberdeau two-year deal

Jonathan Huberdeau

The Florida Panthers have offered restricted free agent Jonathan Huberdeau a two-year bridge contract, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Huberdeau and his agent are currently trying to decide whether to sign.

Meanwhile, McKenzie also reports that a “couple of teams have been kicking tires” on inking the 22-year-old forward to an offer sheet.

Of course, even if that were to occur, the Panthers would likely match. Huberdeau is a key part of a Florida group that, with a mix of blue-chip youngsters and experienced veterans, has postseason expectations in 2015-16.

Huberdeau’s NHL career got off to a great start. He won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie in 2013. And though a sophomore slump would follow, he bounced back last season, his 54 points leading all Panthers scorers.

Related: All about term for Huberdeau