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Dose: McDavid Lifts Oilers

Saturday, November 4, 2017


Connor McDavid got three assists last night, bringing him up to 16 points in 12 games, which means he’s at a higher points-per-game pace than he was last season when he won the Art Ross Trophy with 100 points.  Yet, he isn’t on pace to repeat as the league’s scoring leader and it’s not even close.  Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov have gotten off to unreal starts of course, but it’s just that duo impressing early on.

 

If you measured players in terms of points per game over the last two seasons (in terms of single seasons and not combined) then McDavid’s 2016-17 showing of 1.22 PPG is good for 12th place, with the 11 players currently ahead of him naturally being from 2017-18, including this season’s version of McDavid.

 

But that’s just a matter of small sample size and we’ll see players level off somewhat as the season drags on, right?  To an extent that’s probably true, but keep in mind that we didn’t see anything like these hot starts last season.  If we look at what the NHL’s scoring race was like in 2016-17 through Nov. 11, 2016 (last season’s NHL season started a week later, so that’s why I’m running it through the 11th), we’d see Mark Scheifele leading the charge with 19 points in 15 games (1.27 PPG), and then Steven Stamkos, Artem Anisimov, Connor McDavid, and Patrick Kane all tied with 17 points in 14 contests (1.21 PPG).  By comparison we have six players so far with a PPG pace over 1.3 this season, so the stage is at least set for us to have a stronger sample of high-end producers this season than we did a campaign before.

 

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EDMONTON 6 NEW JERSEY 3

 

As mentioned above, Connor McDavid has 16 points in 12 games after recording three assists in this contest.  He’s also extended his point streak to five games.

 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins found the back of the net and registered an assist for Edmonton.  He’s up to six goals and nine points in 12 contests.

 

Taylor Hall found the back of the net against his old team.  It was the Devils forward’s fourth goal and 16th point in 12 games this season.

 

Cory Schneider stopped 36 of 41 shots last night.  He has a 6-2-0 record, 3.09 GAA, and .916 save percentage in nine starts.

 

Cam Talbot kicked out 31 of 34 shots for the Oilers.  He’s allowed at least three goals in each of his last four starts, but Edmonton has won two of those games.

 

This was an important win for the Oilers, who stopped the bleeding after dropping contests to Washington and Pittsburgh.  Edmonton is still just 4-7-1 this season though, so there’s a long climb ahead for the Oilers if they are to make the playoffs.

 

NASHVILLE 5 ANAHEIM 3

 

John Gibson surrendered four goals on 29 shots on Friday.  He’s surrendered three or more goals in three of his last four contests.

 

At the other end of the ice, Pekka Rinne saved 35 of 38 shots.  He has a 6-2-2 record with a 2.19 GAA and .930 save percentage in 10 starts.

 

Jakob Silfverberg scored a goal for Anaheim.  It was his second marker and sixth point in 13 contests.

 

Nashville got a lot of help from its defense as Roman Josi, Matt Irwin, and P.K. Subban each found the back of the net.  Josi is up to four goals and eight points in 10 games.

 

Viktor Arvidsson netted the game-winning goal.  He has four markers and six points in 13 games.



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