PHT Morning Skate: Ontario reduces arena capacity; Canada tops U.S. in My Why tour

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• Beginning Saturday, Maple Leafs and Senators home games will see a reduced capacity of 50% as part of new COVID-19 mandates in Ontario. [TSN]

• Marie-Philip Poulin second goal of the game gave Canada a 2-1 overtime win over the U.S. during the fifth game of the My Why Tour. [Post-Dispatch]

• An interesting look at why the NHL is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases despite the high number of vaccinated players. [Seattle Times]

• As cases rise the Canucks are being extra cautious after last season’s numerous postponements. [Sportsnet]

• Blackhawks play-by-play announcer Troy Murray returned to the booth on Wednesday for his first full game since being diagnosed with cancer in August. [NHL.com]

• Co-owner of the Penguins checking in last night:

• Shoulder surgery will keep Kevin Labanc out of the Sharks’ lineup for three months. [NBC Sports Bay Area]

• If Jakob Chychrun is available how hard should the Oilers pursue the Coyotes defenseman? [Oilers Nation]

• Looks like the Wild will have to wait again for another prospect — this time, Marat Khusnutdinov — to come over from the KHL. [Zone Coverage]

• Why the Bruins should stay away from any and all Evander Kane trade rumors. [Black ‘N Gold]

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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