AROUND THE LEAGUE: WEEK ONE

Jason Gregor
October 14 2010 11:35AM

The first week in the NHL had everything the league could ask for; great goals, big saves, exciting hockey, big fights, but they also saw a few things they wish had never happened.

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Faceoffs

Jonathan Willis
October 13 2010 07:54PM

EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 3: Gilbert Brule #67 of the Edmonton Oilers skates on the ice in a game between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game on October 3, 2009 at Rexall Arena in Edmonton, Canada. The Flames defeated the Oilers 4-3. (Photo by Jimmy Jeong/Getty Images)

There are a lot of reasons not to be worried. The season is two games in, and it’s pretty hard to see much meaningful in two games. Not only that, but the Oilers have won both of them, and the off-season’s biggest question mark, Nikolai Khabibulin, has been splendid. Still, faceoffs have been pointed to as an area of concern.

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Dreaming

Lowetide
October 13 2010 05:08PM

Patience is required in order to let things develop in their own time, especially when it comes to youth. One minute kids are failing again and again, the next minute they've mastered the discipline and moved to a new level. When it comes to predicting hockey players and their futures, patience is a vital part of the plan.

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TO LIGHTEN THE MOOD

Wanye
October 13 2010 03:50PM

It's pretty heavy today on the Nation with Brownlee's excellent piece on the adversity that new Oiler Kurtis Foster has had to overcome. We thought maybe people could use a laugh.

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KURTIS FOSTER: COURAGE IN THE GAME OF LIFE

Robin Brownlee
October 13 2010 02:15PM

Edmonton Oilers' Kurtis Foster (R) checks Calgary Flames' Alex Tanguay during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Edmonton October 7, 2010.  REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Kurtis Foster got a nomination for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy last season for his comeback from a badly broken left leg with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but it's how he's overcome a broken heart that makes him truly remarkable.

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