This is Syd Howe in a St. Louis (NHL) Eagles uniform from 1934 (source: SIHR). I haven’t seen an Eagles uniform before so thought it might be a point of interest for you. Syd Howe was a helluva hockey player (made the HHOF) and is one of 146 Ottawa-born males to play in the best hockey league this side of heaven (Edmonton has 173 to date).
The best Ottawan (is that right? Ottawan? or is it Ottawanian? Ottawannabe? Ottawan-Kenobi? I really don’t know) to play in the show might be Denis Potvin, but Howe was a beauty player based on the numbers and reports from the era. Best Edmonton born player ever? Mark Messier.
The Ottawa Senators were in the news all summer long for all the wrong reasons. The disconnect between management and star player Dany Heatley was so bad it reached “NFL” proportions. Heatley waited until the Sens ownership had to pay out a bonus (MILLIONS!) just to be an ass (not being critical, I can get behind that kind of behaviour).
The same feud caused the Oilers some problems too, although that was more of a self-inflicted wound (Tambellini waited all summer long for the wind to change direction).
Ottawa is 7-5-2 and Edmonton is 8-8-1. They’re both about even in terms of GF-GA and Daniel Alfredsson (6-12-18) and Dustin Penner (10-11-21) lead their respective teams in total points. Oilers will be without Horcoff, Hemsky, Jacques, Souray, Nilsson (new addition) and possibly Laddy Smid although he could play. If he does play, Jason Strudwick will line up at forward. Taylor Chorney is a guestion mark at this time as well.
The Oilers are a poor road team, and since they won on the road last game there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell they win tonight. Book it.