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Video: Nugent-Hopkins avoids injury scare

Oct 27, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

The Edmonton Oilers are dealing with some awful injury luck early in 2013-14, so they faced a serious scare when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins went down after colliding knee-to-knee with Los Angeles Kings winger Kyle Clifford. Luckily, it seems as though RNH is OK.

The league looks at questionable hits either way, which makes the Sporting News’ Sean Gentille’s question that much more valid: did Nugent-Hopkins actually put himself further in harm’s way?

Regardless, it’s nice that it at least seems like the 20-year-old dodged a bullet. PHT will keep an eye out if he ends up missing time, after all.

At the moment, it seems like the Oilers can breathe a sigh of relief. For once.

  1. micasa81 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Why question RNH’s play in this situation? He was doing what a hockey player is supposed to – keep himself in a position to regain possession of the puck. Clifford’s elbow and leg both veer over to try and get him after he’s clearly evaded the check. Not as badly as you see in some kneeing infractions, but it still happened.

    I think the league needs to fundamentally re-examine at what constitutes an attempt to separate an opponent from the puck (aka throw a body check). All of Clifford’s body language reads, “hey, get back here you little effer, I had you lined up”. Finishing the check is not an inalienable right! If the puck is gone, and the guy in possession is not where you predicted he would be, it is 100% your responsibility to not recklessly plough into him!

    • elvispocomo - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      Looking at Ryan in this is just to get a sense if Clifford was the problem or if Clifford was going for a regular hit which RNH moved (mostly) out of the way of.

      It’s hard to tell from the angles available, but the last one I thought I saw Clifford’s leg/knee come out when RNH cuts. If that’s the case, it doesn’t matter what RNH does since Clifford makes an illegal play. If Clifford doesn’t do that (and while it looks like it, it’s hard to tell for sure from that angle) then it’s just no one’s fault if there’s knee on knee contact or injury.

  2. blomfeld - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    LA KINGS 2 – OPEC 1

    With all due respect O’Brien, nobody around here gives a hoot about RNH’s precious little ‘tinker bell’ knees, or even MacTavish’s ass for that matter ! The bottom line is that the ‘good’ guys won tonight and that’s all people either ‘need or want’ to know !

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • elvispocomo - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM

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