NHL players prep on their own for upcoming season

Updated: January 7, 2013, 7:33 PM ET
Associated Press

TROY, Mich. -- Todd Bertuzzi hunched over, trying to catch his breath, before slowly standing up on his skates to spit and take a swig of water.

The Detroit Red Wings forward then leaned his head against a padded post during a short break toward the end of a relatively rigorous workout.

For NHL players, it's time to get ready for work.

Bertuzzi was among several Red Wings and an Edmonton Oilers defenseman who pushed it a little harder on the ice Monday because it looks as if ...

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