WERE THE INJURIES CONNECTED?

Jason Gregor
February 10 2012 12:14PM

Many are wondering if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins's shoulder injuries are connected? Unless you are the doctor or trainer working on Nugent-Hopkins, then you are likely only speculating. Our natural instinct is to assume they are related, and they might be, but there is also a good chance they weren't.

The are actually three joints of the shoulder, and that is why it is possible that the injuries aren't directly connected. I'm far from a doctor or even a trainer, but the joints are the glenohumeral, acromioclavicular and sternoclavicular. I can barely spell them, so I won't try and explain what they are, so I linked to them if you want to know more.

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WALLIN: ON RNH, DUMBA AND COACHING

Jason Gregor
February 09 2012 02:34PM

Jesse Wallin drafted 26th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1996 entry draft. He felt the pressure of being a first round pick, the struggles to try and be a regular in the NHL and the disappointment of having his career cut short due to a concussion. After retirement he was out of hockey for a year, but got back in as an assistant coach with the Red Deer Rebels in 2005.

He spent three years as an assistant and associate coach, before being named head coach in 2008. He's now in his fourth year as the bench boss of the Rebels and we talked about his philosophies on coaching, dealing with elite players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Matt Dumba and what he'd like to do in the future.

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GDB 54.0: RED WINGS ROLLING

Jason Gregor
February 08 2012 11:49AM

The Detroit Red Wings have won 17 straight at home. Only three other teams, St. Louis, Chicago and Washington have won more than 17 home games all year. The Wings are on fire at Joe Louis Arena, and they haven't lost at home since the Flames beat them 4-1 on November 3rd. Imagine going to Rexall for three months straight and never seeing your team lose, hell, you'd take three weeks without a loss.

The Wings have the longest home winning streak since the Flyers won 20 in a row at home from Jan 4th to April 3rd, 1976. Detroit plays the Oilers tonight, the Ducks on Friday and then the Flyers on Sunday. They could tie the record against the organization that holds the record, so you know the Wings will be fired up to play tonight.

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GDB 53.0: ROAD WOES & RENNEY OUT.

Jason Gregor
February 06 2012 12:18PM

Sam Gagner has dominated the hockey world since Thursday, 11 points in two games will do that, but tonight will be a great test to see if Gagner can maintain his dominance. The Oilers have been brutal on the road this year. They are 6-18-2 and have the fewest road points, 14, in the NHL. Columbus has a slightly worse road winning %, but being better than the Blue Jackets by .03 isn't much to brag about.

The Oilers have played five solid games, but until they start producing on the road they won't be moving very far up the standings.

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GDB 52.0: ALMOST HEALTHY

Jason Gregor
February 04 2012 01:17PM

The Oilers are only one player, Tom Gilbert, away from being healthy for the first time all season. The Oilers haven't had a game where Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner, Ryan Smyth, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Whitney, Ladislave Smid, Cam Barker and Tom Gilbert have all been in the lineup, but they are getting very close.

Nugent-Hopkins returns tonight after injuring his shoulder in Chicago and Tom Gilbert told me yesterday he is shooting to return Monday in Toronto. If the Oilers can stay healthy for the next month it will be interesting to see how they fare. Their last four games have been pretty solid, 3-0-1, and they'll have another tough test tonight against the Red Wings.

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