Canada survives a scare against Latvia, plus updates on seven Canadian NHL teams as they return to practice.

Shea Weber celebrates his game winning goal over Latvia.

Shea Weber celebrates his game winning goal over Latvia.

NHL.COM: A third period goal by Shea Weber lifted Canada to a 2-1 victory over Latvia and a trip to the semifinal against Team USA.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again the Canadians dominated their opponents everywhere but on the scoreboard. They’ll need to do better against the Americans or they can forget about repeating as Olympic champions.

SPORTSNET: Matt Duchene will replace John Tavares, who is out of the tournament with a knee injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tavares’ injury not only hurts Team Canada but also his NHL team, the NY Islanders. He’s their best player and losing him could make their final few weeks of the schedule a miserable experience.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: With a week to go until the NHL returns to action, the Canucks are still battered by injuries and face questions about their scoring.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canucks cannot get healthy and/or bolster their scoring, they could miss the playoffs.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jordan Eberle feels like he’s starting a new season as he returns to practice after enjoying ten days off.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, who’s an unrestricted free agent this summer, faces an uncertain future.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t believe the Senators will shop Phillips before the trade deadline as they’re close to playoff contention and need his experience and leadership. As for his future beyond this season, I think they’ll re-sign him to an affordable short-term deal, no more than two years.

TORONTO STAR: Dave Bolland (ankle tendon surgery) is practicing with his Maple Leafs teammates.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He could be ready to return when the Leafs return to action following the Olympic break.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets coach Paul Maurice plans a smooth return to action for his players following their ten-day Olympic break.

CALGARY HERALD: Former Flames draft pick Brent Krahn filled in between the pipes during Flames practice.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens 2009 first round pick Louis Leblanc still working on his game with their farm team in Hamilton.