November 01 2011 04:06PM
Andy Sutton has been suspended five games by the NHL, and here is Brendan Shanahan's video explanation.
The fact Sutton is a repeat offender and the initial point of contact was Gabriel Landeskog's head, I'm not surprised by the five game suspension. It's too bad for Sutton, because I felt he was getting better the past few games, but the hit was worthy of a suspension.
Sutton, via the Oilers, sent out the following release.
"I have been informed of and understand the League's decision, however, I had no intention of delivering an illegal check. For 14 years, I've always played the game with respect and integrity and I will continue to do so when I return."
November 01 2011 08:23AM
Through eleven games the Oilers have exceeded everyone's expectations, even their own if you put them on a polygraph, but as they get set to head out on six-game road there are numerous questions surrounding the team.
October 28 2011 12:58PM
Indeed this is unchartered territory for the Nation. Since this site debuted in the spring of 2007 you have mostly been witness to losing seasons, an endless parade of players to the infirmary, skilled players who weren't that skilled, a lack of size, questionable goaltending and you've sat through four seasons of losing hockey, yet your loyalty to the team and the Nation never waned.
You found solace and understanding here. You and your fellow Oiler fans could vent about inept powerplays, bad trades, brutal signings, donair-loving players and horrendous music at Rexall. You would flock to the Nation to feel comfort after another brutal loss, or through the painfully long off-seasons, but finally it looks like you might come here to actually celebrate.
October 27 2011 12:21PM
The Capitals are the best and most dangerous team in the league right now. They are a perfect 7-0, they are averaging almost a goal per game more than any other team with 30 goals in seven games, and they've only given up two goals a game, which is 6th lowest in the league. Their PP is clicking at a ridiculous rate of 29.6%, and the only area of their game that isn't excellent is their PK. They've given up four goals on 22 chances for a below-average 81.4%
The Caps haven't played since Saturday when they spanked Detroit 7-1. Going into that game the Wings were the only other undefeated team in the league, and the Caps crushed them. The Oilers will need to be at their best tonight to keep up, but their young trio has made an impression.
Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau was asked about Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. "I think they should send him down before tonight's game," he laughed. It is clear the Caps are aware of him and his linemates, but they aren't worried yet.
October 25 2011 12:06PM
The Oilers are winless in four NW division games thus far, and tonight they will try to change that against the current three-time NW division champion, Vancouver Canucks. If the Oilers have any hope of making the playoffs they need to start beating teams within their division.