Morning Skate: Thursday, January 17

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Morning Skate: Thursday, January 17

Kevin Allen from the USA Today goes through the NHLs top 10 storylines for the NHL season with opening weekend upon us.

The Montreal Canadiens are looking to have a big rebound year after a tough season at the Bell Centre last year.

Big, tough forward Tom Wilson wont make the Washington Capitals roster this season despite a good showing in training camp.

The painful memories of last years playoff defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers still gnaws at all the Penguins players.

The NHL has issued an apology to all 30 cities with a league franchise and its appearing in newspapers all over the country today. It essentially says were sorry and we cant wait to get going and thats about all any fan wants to hear.

Ilya Kovalchuk is back from Mother Russia and has hit the ice running with the rest of his New Jersey Devils teammates . . . it will be a big year for them.

Nick Cotsonika checks in with St. Louis Blues training camp and thinks that franchise is ready to do whatever it takes to bring home their first Stanley Cup.

For something completely different: Alleged imaginary girlfriends that are dead cant be doing much for your draft stock, can it?

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.