|Alex Ovechkin will keep a close eye on the Oilers' young-guns Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency/Files)
EDMONTON - Alex Ovechkin knew the trio of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle had some moves, but even the most electrifying player in the league was caught off guard when he emerged from a film session Thursday morning.
“I watched the video for the first time and it’s pretty sick,” said the Capitals winger, as the Caps prepared for tonight’s marquee showdown at Rexall Place. “We’ll have to watch them pretty closely.”
Caps coach Bruce Boudreau, having a little fun with foregone conclusion that is Nugent-Hopkins staying with the Oilers this season, offered some advice to GM Steve Tambellini.
“They should send him down before tonight’s game,” he cracked. “This kid is great, what are you going to do? I’ve only seen him play live one game but he’s going to be really good.”
Boudreau, whose team can score a little bit, too, is expecting a thriller when a pair of teams with all this much offensive potential square off.
“We know they’re going to be ready to play, coming off a big win over Vancouver,” he said. “We can’t take them lightly.”
“It might be a case of who blinks,” offered Oilers coach Tom Renney, who’s looking forward to seeing how his team stacks up againt the 7-0 Caps. “We have a lot to learn still as a team, there’s no doubt about that, and we will learn a lot through tonight’s game.”
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