PHT Morning Skate: Loui Eriksson’s offensive game is picking up

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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.

After being hurt earlier this season, Boston’s Loui Eriksson is starting to find his offensive groove. (CSNNE.com)

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No Patric Hornqvist? No problem for the Nashville Predators. At least for one night, anyhow. (The Tennessean)

Who would Brian Burke pick to play in goal for Canada in the Olympics? He’d go with a guy who wasn’t even picked to go to their orientation camp over the summer: Carolina’s Cam Ward. (Calgary Sun)

Speaking of the Olympics, here’s a couple roster projections for Team USA from the guys at NHL.com (Corey Masisak, Dan Rosen)

Interesting idea from Ed Willes: Playing hurt could lead to head injuries for players. (The Province)

Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz said they “just didn’t have it” in their 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. (Edmonton Journal)

Ondrej Pavelec won his 100th career game by beating the New Jersey Devils. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Maple Leafs prospect Spencer Abbott is off to a big start in the AHL, but he has size to overcome if he’s going to make it to the big show. (NHL.com)