October 28 2011 09:36PM
And with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche the Oilers clinch first place in the Western Conference*
October 28 2011 05:59PM
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog are opposites who will be forever linked and compared by virtue of when they were selected at the 2011 Entry Draft in Minnesota. That much we do know.
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.