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Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (97) celebrates with Leon Draisaitl (29) after scoring a hit trick against the Calgary Flames during the season opener of NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, October 4, 2017.

Jones: 'Follow the leader' factor big plus

Connor McDavid isn’t going to score all the goals to lead the Edmonton Oilers to victory every game. But with his natural hat-trick in the opening game, the question is if the 20-year-old second-year captain will have a ‘Follow The Leader’ factor in play as the returning Hart, Art Ross and Ted Lindsay trophy winner?

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau with Auston Matthews celebrates a goal against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Oct. 4, 2017. (Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network)

What. A. Start.

WINNIPEG — OK Mike Babcock, good luck keeping the lid on fan expectations now.

Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (97) celebrates with Oscar Klefbom (77) and Leon Draisaitl (29) his first goal of the game against the Calgary Flames during the season opener of NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, October 4, 2017. Ed Kaiser/Postmedia

Three for McDavid

Hockey fans in Edmonton and Calgary can admit it now, we’d been lying about the Battle of Alberta for about 15 years.Pretending it was a rivalry. Pretending it mattered. Trying to convince ourselves and everyone else that the Oilers and Flames were anything more than an irrelevant B division sideshow that impacted little more than draft positioning

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen stops the puck during the second period in Toronto on Sept. 19, 2017. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

Leafs: 10 potential potholes, pitfalls

In the olden days, Maple Leaf fans — and beat writers — could book June for weddings, vacations and virtually anything on the late spring calendar without fear of conflict with the hockey team in a playoff run.

Auston Matthews during Leafs training camp at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls on Sunday September 17, 2017. (Dave Abel/Postmedia Network)

NHL preview: Odds to win the Stanley Cup

Oh Canada, what the heck is going on? Isn’t hockey our national pastime? Isn’t Lord Stanley’s Cup supposed to reside in our great country? If so, why has it been 24 seasons since a Canadian team (Montreal) has laid claim to the coveted trophy? Plenty of questions and hopefully some answers as we look at the chances of each of the seven Canadian tea

Nico Hischier of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Washington Capitals during a preseason game at the Prudential Center on Sept. 18, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

7 rookies who have shot at the Calder

Having just won the NHL draft lottery, New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero sat in the lounge of his Toronto hotel sipping a beverage and trying to wrap his head about what had just transpired.

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