Watch The Game Episode 4: Small Sample Sizes Galore!

Watch The Game Podcast
October 24 2016 03:13PM

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We're just over a week into the season, meaning we have a whole bunch of bizarre, unpredictable small sample size results to analyze! The Oilers, Canucks, and Habs are at the top of the league's standings, while the Flames, Leafs and other teams you'd expect to be good are in the basement. What conclusions can we draw from these situations? Cam Lewis and Sam Blazer take a look. 

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Don't worry about Brian Elliott

Pat Steinberg
October 23 2016 10:00AM

The first impressions of Brian Elliott in a Calgary Flames uniform haven't been overly positive. With an 0-3 record and very unflattering totals thus far, some are wondering whether the Flames made the right call targeting Elliott as a solution to their goaltending issues. If you're in that camp, I'm here to ease your fears a little, because I think Elliott is going to be just fine.

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By The Numbers: The Jets best defensive seasons

Garret Hohl
October 21 2016 09:00AM

The Winnipeg Jets 2.0 have been around now for five full seasons (well... four full and one partial, lockout-shortened, season). This gives us ample data to construct some fun lists of the best and worst statistical seasons for performers.

We take a look at some of the best and worst statistical performances by Winnipeg Jets' defenders.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
October 21 2016 05:00AM

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Auston Matthews could be best Leaf ever, Canucks long term goalie outlook, Jets coach could be first to go, Flames preparing for expansion draft, Oilers window is opening, Nail Yakupov, the Nation at the Heritage Classic, Q & A with Bernie Nichols, a week full of stars fighting and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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William Nylander's time will not come, for it is already here

Jeff Veillette
October 21 2016 04:46AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs step onto the ice. It's another hockey game for a team that we are all hoping, one day, will reach its potential. But there's still lots of time left; the kids are far too young to be treated as anything more than prospects given an early spotlight, after all, so there's no use in expecting a ton.

Take a guy like William Nylander, for instance. We've got high hopes for William Nylander, as a collective populace. Despite being ranked as the third best prospect in the organisation heading into opening night, he's still got a higher ceiling than most team's #1 prospects at moment. Right now, he plays right wing, because Auston Matthews, Nazem Kadri, and Tyler Bozak exist and because Mitch Marner is the only other hyper-skilled right winger.

If he stays that way, Leafs fans dream that they can have a player who can tilt the ice like Phil Kessel did when he was here. Or maybe dream bigger; like Corey Perry does, or like Patrick Kane does. One can dream.

Hold that thought.

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