DETROIT - DECEMBER 31: Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings loses his stick and falls to the ice as Chris Durno #45 of the Colorado Avalanche skates by during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on December 31, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
You can be hyped all you want, but his game will speak for itself. He's obviously going to be a great player so we've got to make sure we keep an eye on him. Whether it's his first game or his 1,000th game, our job is to take care of business, shut him down.
— Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on facing ballyhooed Oilers rookie Connor McDavid, who is making NHL debut in St. Louis
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