October 14 2016 12:22PM
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We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.
It feels like there might be some actual animosity returning to the Battle of Alberta, and it's about freaking time.
The BOA hasn't had much hatred or competitiveness for quite some time, but many of the requirements are in place. The Oilers have a superstar in Connor McDavid. The Flames have a greasy agitator in Matthew Tkachuk. The Flames have many excellent players in Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan and TJ Brodie. The Oilers have some skilled toughness with Milan Lucic, Patrick Maroon, Zack Kassian and Darnell Nurse.
Could it be we are actually on the verge of having a meaningful rivalry again? I sure hope so.
October 14 2016 11:15AM
Thanks to our friends at AMA Travel we're going to be bringing someone to Winnipeg with us for the outdoor game, and today we begin the process of figuring out who that will be.
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October 14 2016 05:00AM
Auston Mattew's has ridiculous first NHL game, McDavid puts on a show at Rogers Place, Jets have reason's to be excited, Flames fall flat in opener, Oilers dump Yakupov, a look at bigger goalies, all kinds of predictions for 2016-17 and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
October 13 2016 11:44PM
Edmonton Oilers entered training camp with a few openings and a bunch of interesting options at each position: Draft picks, minor leaguers and some college men. Handicapping the field, I guessed we might see Jordan Oesterle and Jujhar Khaira break camp with the big club. Who won the jobs? Let's have a look.
October 13 2016 12:38PM
It's Connor McDavid's league now, he just chooses to let the others play in it. pic.twitter.com/NeBY4psLNB— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) October 13, 2016
The NHL couldn't have asked for a more exciting opening night, except the injury to Jonathan Quick, and there were only four games. Eighteen more teams will drop the puck on their season tonight and hopefully the early season fireworks continue.
Rookie Auston Matthews scored four goals in his NHL debut on National TV. It was incredible to watch, and many wondered if Connor McDavid could match his performance. McDavid didn't score four goals, but he scored twice, added an assist and showed off his dazzling speed throughout the contest.
Outside of Matthews and McDavid, four other players had three-point nights: Vlad Tarasenko, Paul Stastny, Kevin Shattenkirk and Erik Karlsson, and nine others had two-point nights.
Goals are entertaining and we saw 30 in four games. I know it won't continue, sadly, but it sure was a great way to kick off the season.