Good morning hockey world! As we barrel towards another weekend, it’s time to kick back, relax, and kill a little company time with a spin around the hockey world on this wonderful Thursday morning.
Today, we’ll take a look at how it is gut-check time for the Edmonton Oilers, recap last night’s rivalry night game between the Blackhawks and Blues, Ryan O’Reilly’s slow start and more.
Top Hockey News Of The Day – October 19th
– The Edmonton Oilers are 1-4-0 and the panic button is being smashed repeatedly in Northern Alberta. After coming into the year with high expectations, the Oilers have fallen flat on their faces. With a three game road trip starting tonight in Chicago, it is truly gut-check time for Connor McDavid’s group. Tim Campbell of NHL.com has more.
– In recent years, ‘Wednesday Night Rivalry’ has become a tradition for American NHL fans. Last night, NBCSN aired a classic battle as the Chicago Blackhawks battled the St. Louis Blues. With all the star power on both sides, it was kind of surprising to see Jaden Schwartz steal the show with a hat-trick. ESPN has the recap.
– Is Ryan O’Reilly’s slow start a cause for concern for the Sabres and their fans? Buffalo as a whole has started off quite slow, but the veteran pivot’s poor play early has caught the eyes on many observers. Chad DeDominicis of Die By The Blade digs deeper on the subject.
– You know the superstars in Dallas, but it’s the young guys that you probably don’t know about that are making a mark early for the Stars. Tom Dorsa of Blackout Dallas explains why Dallas’ speed and youthful exuberance have surprised in the early stages of this campaign.
– Yesterday was not a good day for the Boston Bruins on the injury front. A nasty collision during practice saw Tuukka Rask leave the ice in pain, while Ryan Spooner will be on the shelf for about a week. The folks over at Stanley Cup of Chowder discuss the injury to Boston’s young center.