The Nation Minute

Nation World HQ
November 11 2014 10:30AM

The Nation Minute is a quick look at NHL stats and fun facts that we found interesting this week including the Leafs and Jets staying hot, Edmonton possession numbers, Flames blueliners, Nick Bonino and more.

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BLUE BY YOU

Lowetide
November 10 2014 11:58PM

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Tomorrow morning, the Oklahoma City Barons will play the San Antonio Rampage. Martin Marincin and Oscar Klefbom won't be there, but perhaps they should be?

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THE NUGE IS COMING ALONG

Jason Strudwick
November 10 2014 06:52PM

What a difference a full off-season of working out can do for a player, especially a young one. The Nuge has evolved this season into a much different player. Most of the change has come through his physical development.

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When Taylor Hall returns should he play with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins?

Jonathan Willis
November 10 2014 04:53PM

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It isn’t at all uncommon for teams with two great forwards to play them on separate lines. Pavel Datsyuk has played 4,500-odd minutes for Detroit over the last five seasons; only a third of them were spent on the same line as Henrik Zetterberg. It’s a similar story in Chicago, where Jonathan Toews has spent about 40 percent of his time playing with Patrick Kane and the other 60 percent playing with someone else.

Taylor Hall is one of the best players in the league, but for the last couple of seasons he’s been the only great forward in Edmonton. Now, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is showing signs that he may be ready to take the jump. That leaves Dallas Eakins facing the same choice that Mike Babcock and Joel Quenneville face: Does he keep the duo together, or split them up?

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OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD: GOOD NEWS?

Robin Brownlee
November 10 2014 02:39PM

The good news is the Edmonton Oilers have done reasonably well without Taylor Hall on their road trip, winning two of the four games they’ve played heading into Nashville on Tuesday. The better news is they might not have to get along without their dynamic left winger much longer.

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