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A coast-to-coast look at preparations as Canada's NHL teams get set for their regular season openers

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Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo has some fun with his weapon of choice during a practice at Rogers Arena October 3, 2010 in Vancouver. Jeff Vinnick-The Globe and Mail

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A fan shows her support for Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo during a practice at Rogers Arena October 3, 2010 in Vancouver. Jeff Vinnick-The Globe and Mail

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Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson skates in front of Jason Spezza during a team practice in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Pawel Dwulit for the Globe and Mail

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Calgary Flames' Jarome Iginla, centre, leads the team in stretching following a practice session in Calgary, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010.THE GLOBE AND MAIL/Jeff McIntosh

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Edmonton Oilers Sam Gagner looks at brings his broken stick to the bench during practice at Rexall Place in Edmonton on Wednesday October 6, 2010. The Edmonton Oilers take on the Calgary Flames in their home opener on Thursday. Jason Franson Globe and Mail

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Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Martin writes on a board as players look on during a practice in Clermont, 150km East of Quebec City, Wednesday October 6, 2010. Francis Vachon

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Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Martin looks on as players skate during a practice in Clermont, 150km East of Quebec City, Wednesday October 6, 2010. Francis Vachon

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Ottawa Senators Chris Neil smiles during a team practice in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Pawel Dwulit for the Globe and Mail

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Ottawa Senators Captain Daniel Alfredsson yells during a team practice in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Pawel Dwulit for the Globe and Mail

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Ottawa Senators Mike Fisher pants during a team practice in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Pawel Dwulit for the Globe and Mail

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Ottawa Senators Chris Neil deflects the puck pas goaltender Pascal Leclaire during a team practice in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Pawel Dwulit for the Globe and Mail

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Toronto Maple Leaf goalie Jonas Gustavvson at practice in Toronto Oct 6, 2010. The Maple Leafs start their regular season on Thursday. (Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail)

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Edmonton Oilers defenceman Kurtis Foster leaves the ice after practice at Rexall Place in Edmonton on Wednesday October 6, 2010. The Edmonton Oilers take on the Calgary Flames in their home opener on Thursday. Jason Franson Globe and Mail

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Toronto Maple Leaf captain Dion Phaneuf at practice in Toronto Oct 6, 2010. The Maple Leafs start their regular season on Thursday. (Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail)

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