Connor mcdavid knows the 100-point plateau in this shortened season is still achievable with seven games to go, but that’s not something to worry about.
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Edmonton Oilers captain has 87 points (29 goals, 58 assists) in 49 games and is 16 points ahead of his teammate Leon draisaitl in the race for the Art-Ross Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s top scorer.
“Personally, I want to keep playing good hockey,” McDavid said on Saturday. Our team wants to continue playing good hockey. We want to get into the playoffs on a high note. From a personal perspective, that’s just a number. It would obviously be different to be able to do that in a cropped season. [Mais] I won’t change anything. I’m just going to keep playing my way and if I get it, I get it. If I can’t, it doesn’t change anything. «
McDavid had 97 points (34 goals, 63 assists) in 64 games in 2019-20, 13 fewer than Draisaitl, who finished first in the league – having played seven more games.
McDavid had one goal and two assists in a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Edmonton (30-17-2) is second in the Scotia North section, nine points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and five points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets.
Twenty-five years have passed since the last time a player managed to get 100 points in the first 56 games of a season. Mario Lemieux (116) and Jaromir Jagr of the Pittsburgh Penguins were the last to do so in 1995-96. This feat has occurred 29 times in the history of the NHL.
Amassing 100 points in 56 games means maintaining a pace of 1.79 points per game. McDavid is averaging 1.78 points per game and would need 13 points in his team’s last seven duels (pace of 1.86 points per game) to reach the 100 point plateau.
The Oilers will visit the Vancouver Canucks on Monday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, SNW, NHL.TV). Five of the Oilers’ last seven games will face the Canucks, against whom McDavid has eight points in five games this season. The other two games will be played against the Montreal Canadiens. The No. 97 has collected eight points in seven games against the Habs.
McDavid seems willing to take up the challenge. The 24-year-old forward has 18 points in his seven most recent outings, a pace of 2.57 points per game.
« If he does, we should have a good chance of winning games in the last (weeks), » Oilers goaltender imagined. Mike smith. This kid never ceases to amaze me. It’s amazing how he keeps improving, and the harder it seems to get, the hungrier and more determined he gets to help the team win.
“It says a lot about his maturity and everyone knows how amazing he is on the ice, but I saw this young man become a leader on this hockey team. He is largely responsible for our success this year. It’s so impressive to watch a youngster carry the team on his shoulders. «
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In six seasons in the NHL, McDavid’s points-per-game average has increased each year, from 1.07 to 1.22, to 1.32, to 1.49, to 1.52, to 1.78.
He has been shut off the scoresheet on 11 occasions this season. In the next game, he totaled 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists). He only had one scoreless two-game streak – three to be precise – between February 27 and March 3, against the Maple Leafs.
McDavid was shut out when Edmonton dropped the flag 3-1 to Calgary on Thursday, but rebounded with a three-point night on Saturday.
« It’s pretty amazing, » said his teammate. Ryan nugent-hopkins. We know how special he is, but being able to do it every night is another story. It also excels in everyday workouts, so you often get a taste. He is having an exceptional season and he is a spectacular player. »