The Cowboy from Caroline is one straight-shooter.
When asked about his team's propensity through the first two months for bouncing back in a big way from a poor effort, Edmonton Oilers defenceman Kris Russell was right on the mark when he said, "Well, we've got another team that's not happy with their last game, either".
Well, guess which team proved a point and got two in The Bounce Back?
In 25 games this season, Nugent-Hopkins has five goals and 11 assists.
"We'll manufacture a lineup, there are some guys that have been anxious for a little more time, a little more opportunity, so they'll get it tonight".
One challenge down. Another one in Vancouver Sunday night. The Canucks enter Sunday's game with 4 players listed on their injury report as Brandon Sutter, Micheal Ferland and Jay Beagle are on injured reserve while Jacob Markstrom is listed as day to day.
- This is not an official lineup, no words on the forwards as Tippett said they would try a couple things in practice before the game.
"I think you can use that game as motivation", said Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes.
"He definitely understood it was going to be a hard season on him and after what he did previous year, he was going to draw a lot of attention", Miller said. "I have lots of time before tomorrow, but I like the back-to-back".
But we'll get to that in a moment.
"Two huge divisional games", said Nurse.
Indeed. And now they've blown the first. "He's a smart player that understands, if you sit and watch video with him, where maybe his game is off and he's committed to being a good player in all areas of the game".
The loss to the Canucks on Saturday gave the Oilers two consecutive regulation losses for just the second time this season. The other was October 27 and October 29 against Florida and Detroit. You can't give up five goals and expect to win. I've harped on the play of Mike Smith who has struggled and been one of the worst goalies this year at 5 on 5. "We're excited to finish this road trip off and look forward to the back-to-back (Sunday)".
"Our special teams? Not good enough", said McDavid.
Indeed the league's best PP gave up a shortie and the NHL's second-best PK gave up one three and half minutes into the game after Mike Smith had made two terrific stops. However, he left the game in the second period after blocking a shot.
After stints with the Arizona Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers, Gagner had a career year with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2016-17, which earned him a three-year, $9.45-million contract with the Canucks. He's young, he's still going through that first and second-year stuff. "So, to get the lead tonight and hold it, keep on pushing for that matter, was a big step".
CAMERA, LIGHTS, ACTION At the tail-end of an early Canucks' PP, Tyler Graovac ripped a shot past Smith's blocker.
Pettersson in undoubtedly Vancouver's most dynamic offensive player and as he goes, so do the Canucks. They saw the puck had smacked off the camera mounted inside the net and back out.
"My fault (getting clobbered) ..." He's loathe to talk about his bravery but he returned for the third period against the Avs with a patch over the damaged ear and certainly wasn't missing Saturday's Canucks' game. "They both can see the ice like most guys can't".
"I feel great, I feel confident", Pettersson said. "But I think we're looking forward to getting home".
These past few games have once again brought the cracks in the Edmonton Oilers roster out on display. "That's something I think he's learning to take pride in".
"Obviously, it's not a pretty game, not a pretty win", Draisaitl said.