McDavid’s 100-point run for Oilers amplified in shortened season
Connor mcdavid said scoring 100 points in the shortened 2020-2021 NHL season remains a possibility with seven games to go, but that’s not something to worry about.
Edmonton Oilers center has 87 points (29 goals, 58 assists) in 49 games and has a 16-point lead over his teammate Leon Draisaitl in the Art Ross Trophy race as the NHL’s top scorer, an award he won twice in his first five seasons (2016-17, 2017-18). He’s on track to finish with 99 after scoring three points in a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday.
âPersonally, I want to keep playing good hockey, our group wants to keep playing good hockey,â McDavid said on Saturday. “We want to enter the [Stanley Cup] The playoffs on a high note. Personally, it is a number. Obviously it would be a little different to be able to do it in a shortened season, but I’m not going to change that. I’m just going to keep playing my game, and if I get there, I get there. And if not, it doesn’t matter. “
The 2020-21 NHL regular season was reduced to 56 games and began in January because the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals ended on September 28 after last season was put on hold due to concerns surrounding the NHL. coronavirus.
McDavid scored 97 points (34 goals, 63 assists) in 64 games last season, 13 behind Draisaitl for the NHL lead. Draisaitl played seven more games.
Edmonton (30-17-2) is second in the Scotia North Division, nine points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs in first place, and five points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets in third. The top four teams in the division advance to the playoffs; the Maple Leafs dropped out.
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It’s been 25 years since a player has scored at least 100 points in the first 56 games of a season. Mario Lemieux (116) and Jaromir Jagr (104) of the Pittsburgh Penguins each did so in 1995-96. It has happened 29 times in NHL history.
Scoring 100 points in 56 games is a pace of 1.79 points per game. McDavid is at 1.78 points per game in 49 games and would need 13 points in Edmonton’s remaining seven games (1.86 points per game) to reach 100.
The Oilers visit the Vancouver Canucks on Monday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, SNW, NHL.TV) for the first of five remaining games against them. McDavid has eight points (five goals, three assists) in five games against Vancouver this season (1.60 per game). Edmonton’s other two games are against the Montreal Canadiens and McDavid has scored eight points (two goals, six assists) in seven games against them (1.14 per game).
McDavid’s points-per-game average has increased every season since he averaged 1.07 as a rookie in 2015-16. He scored 1.22 points per game in 2016-17, 1.32 in 2017-18, 1.49 in 2018-19 and 1.52 last season; he would finish at 1.55 per game this season without scoring a point in the last seven games.
McDavid appears to be up to the challenge of reaching 100 points. The 24-year-old has scored 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in his last seven games, averaging 2.57 points per game.
“If he does that, we should have a pretty good chance of winning a few games here over the last few (weeks),” Oilers goaltender said. Mike smith mentionned. âNothing ceases to amaze me with this kid. It’s amazing how he keeps improving and the harder it gets it seems like when he’s stopped one game, the next game, he’s so much hungrier to come out and help the team win.
âIt says a lot about his maturity as a person and everyone knows how amazing he is on the ice, but I saw a young man become a leader in this hockey club. I have had success this year. So impressive to see a young man like that take this team on his shoulders and do what he’s done this year is an incredible achievement. “
There have been 11 games this season where McDavid hasn’t scored a point. In the 11 games that followed, he scored 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists). He was held once without a point in back-to-back games, a three-game streak against the Maple Leafs from Feb.27 to March 3.
McDavid was held scoreless when Edmonton lost 3-1 to Calgary on Thursday, but followed it up with one goal and two assists on Saturday.
“It’s pretty incredible,” say the Oilers Ryan nugent-hopkins mentionned. âWe know how special he is, but being able to do it every night is another story. He does it in training every day too, so we get a taste of it. But obviously he has. a special season and he’s a pretty spectacular player. “