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Oilers' Connor McDavid takes aim at slumping Canucks

Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers

  1. This will be Vancouver's first trip to Edmonton since opening the season there with a pair of games in January. Since 2015-16, the Canucks are 4-8-1 in Edmonton -- 3-0-0 when scoring more than two goals, and 1-8-1 when scoring two or fewer (the lone win being a 3-2 shootout win).
  2. Tuesday night was a relatively rare loss for the Canucks when scoring first -- they fell to 15-4-2 (.762) this season when doing so. They're 4-21-1 (.173) when allowing the first goal this year, the worst record in the league. Edmonton's 22-2-1 (.900) record when scoring first ranks second (Vegas, 28-2-2, .906).
  3. Brock Boeser opened the scoring on Tuesday, his second straight game with a goal. It was his 200th career point, bringing him to that mark in 244 career games, sixth fewest in Canucks history (fifth among players to debut with Vancouver).
  4. For the seventh time in their last 11 games, the Oilers didn't allow a third-period goal (7-0-0 in those games, 1-3-0 when allowing a third-period goal). Edmonton has allowed just eight total goals in the final five minutes of the third period this year, fewest in the league.
  5. Connor McDavid's two assists on Tuesday give him multiple points in eight of his last nine games -- he was held off the scoresheet in Edmonton's 3-1 loss to Calgary on April 29. Even with that zero-point outing, his 24 points (8g, 16a) over his last nine games are his most in any nine-game span in his career.
  6. Darnell Nurse scored his 16th goal on Tuesday, two behind Arizona's Jakob Chychrun for the most among defensemen. He's averaging 0.31 goals per game, the most by an Oilers defenseman not named Paul Coffey in franchise history. Coffey had five seasons with a higher goal rate for Edmonton.

Edmonton's Connor McDavid has brushed off talk about scoring 100 points in this pandemic-shortened NHL season.

But his teammates haven't.

With five games remaining in the 56-game schedule, starting with Thursday night's contest at home against the Vancouver Canucks, McDavid needs seven more points to reach the milestone.

"Personally, I want to continue to play good hockey, our group wants to continue to play good hockey," McDavid said over the weekend. "We want to go into the (Stanley Cup) playoffs on a good note. Personally, it's a number. Obviously, it'd be kind of different to be able to do it in a shortened season, but I'm not going to change anything. I'm just going to keep playing my game, and if I get there, I get there. And if not, whatever."

McDavid's chances are good. He has scored at least one point in 40 of 51 games this season, has 24 points in his past 10 games and 12 over his past five.

"He does so much for our team on a nightly basis, the least we can do is help him out as much as we can," said teammate Leon Draisaitl, the reigning Hart Memorial Trophy winner who scored twice on assists from McDavid in a 4-1 victory Tuesday at Vancouver.

"It might not be that important to him, but it sure is important for us for him to get to that point," Draisatl said. "Our team really wants him to get it."

McDavid tallied two goals and two assists Monday in a 5-3 victory at Vancouver.

"It's pretty amazing," Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. "We know how special a player he is, but to be able to do it every night is another story. He does it in practice every day, too, so we do get a taste of it. But obviously he's having a special season and he's a pretty spectacular player."

McDavid and Draisaitl, who also won last year's Art Ross Trophy winner as the league's leading scorer, combined for six points in Monday's victory, which clinched a playoff berth for the Oilers (32-17-2, 66 points).

"You can't lose sight of them for a second. You give them a little bit of room and they'll make things happen," Vancouver defenseman Alex Edler said of Edmonton's dynamic duo. "All five guys on the ice have got to be sharp, know where they are and try to take away their time and space."

While the Oilers are securely in second place in the all-Canadian North Division, the Canucks (19-25-3, 41 points) have lost six consecutive games to drop into last place, four points behind Ottawa with five games in hand.

"It's never fun to lose. No one likes that," Edler said. "But there's nothing we can do about the games we've lost now. We've just got to look forward to the next game. We've got to be mentally ready to play the next games, to work hard, to battle together. And we're looking forward to the next game."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 5, 2021

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