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Team Canada gets serious: Tuesday’s coast-to-coast

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World junior

The national media noticed that likely Team Canada starting goalie Malcolm Subban is 5-0 in shootouts this season in Belleville. (Postmedia News)

Remember: Morgan Rielly never takes minor penalties, which is a good trait for a top-pair defender in an international tournament. (Toronto Sun)

Not sure what Mark Scheifele has to redeem himself for (being the vessel for a lot of media hype?), but yes, he would like to have a better IIHF world U20 championship than he did as an 18-year-old. (Calgary Sun)

It will take more than belly-fire for Canada to return to the throne, but it's good to have. (Calgary Herald)

A revenge motif for a column? No, nobody else realized that Russia beat Canada in Canada last season and Canada now has to beat Russia in Russia. Thanks, Tips. (QMI Agency)

The Montreal Canadiens would bring Sarnia Sting star Alex Galchenyuk to training camp even if it meant taking him off Team USA. (TVA Sports)

Nathan MacKinnon has a better shot at making the team than fellow draft-eligible centre Sean Monahan, who played in the Canada-Russia Challenge in August? (National Post)

Undrafted JC Lipon is bidding for a role as a bottom-six forward for Canada. (Calgary Herald)

WHL

The Spokane Chiefs had never gone 5-1 on an Eastern Division road trip. (KREM)

Saskatoon Blades goalie Alex Moodie is anxious to fill in while starter Andrey Makarov is away with Team Russia. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

Will the Regina Pats end their seven-game losing streak before the holiday break? Rob Vanstone does not seem optimistic. (Regina Leader-Post)

The Kelowna Rockets will also miss forward Henrik Nyberg during their five-game road trip. (Kelowna Capital News)

Why the Everett Silvertips' 17-year-old Swiss defenceman Mirco Mueller is a Guy You Should Know. (The Hockey News)

Brandon Wheat Kings rookie Richard Nejezchleb is making up for the time lost earlier this season to a shoulder injury. (Luber's Lounge)

OHL

London Knights defenceman Kevin Raine has been shelved three games for kneeing Mississauga's Trevor Carrick in a fight on Sunday. (London Community News)

Did the London-Windsor Spitfires rivalry really factor into an assault? That's what the police believe. (CBC News, Metro London)

Erie Otters left wing Stephen Harper admits he has been pressing too hard so far during his NHL draft season. (Toronto Star)

The Soo Greyhounds are the league's third-most penalized team and have the worst penalty kill as they head into a crucial weekend. That's rougher than being a nerd who can't do math. (Sault Star)

QMJHL

How will Halifax hold up if its entire first line plays in the world junior? (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

J.F. Plante looks at some brewing trade rumours. (Le Droit)

The Gatineau Olympiques also have to get along without each of their Europeans, Czech Tomas Hyka and Slovak Martin Reway. (Le Droit)

Defenceman Jonathan Deschamps has been a bright spot for expansion Sherbrooke. (Le Nouvelliste)

The rebuilding Shawinigan Cataractes have picked up Halifax's first-rounder in 2014. In the short term, the Mooseheads could be picking third and sixth overall in next summer's import draft, where they will be looking to replace Martin Frk and Konrad Abeltshauser. (Le Nouvelliste)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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