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The younger players were probably shining brighter, if there was anybody shining,” the coach said.

Given the conditions, it might’ve been difficult to get a perfect read on players like Cody Eakin and how some of the veterans looked in their first preseason action. But Boudreau was able to formulate enough.

It’s hard to judge the skill. But at the same time, it’s always easy to judge effort,” he said. “Whether you’re in a blinding snowstorm or in a rainstorm as the Winter Classic was, you can tell.”