February 02 2016 06:41PM
Tonight, Connor McDavid returns to the ice for his first game since breaking his clavicle on Tuesday, November 3rd. While he rehabbed his shoulder the Oilers picked up 33 points in 37 games going 14-18-5. The area the Oilers struggled the most without McDavid was on the PP.
In the 13 games McDavid dressed the Oilers were 10-for-45 on the PP (22.5%), but they were only 14 of 100 (14%) without him. McDavid only had three powerplay points, so the PP wasn't running through him, yet it is obvious his absence hurt the man advantage.
Jordan Eberle led the Oilers in PP scoring the past two seasons, and I'm curious to see how he and McDavid will work together on the PP and five-on-five.
Chris the Intern
February 02 2016 04:15PM
"This article needs more McDavid" is what I shamelessly wrote in one of my first Injury Reports 17 weeks ago. In what seemed to be one of the most trashed comments in Oilersnation history, I arguably jinxed our saviour and the Oilers season in five short words. Obviously, I didn't mean it in the way that everyone took it, but, unfortunately, you can't reverse something like that. Four long months passed of me being being ridiculed and harassed, but the time has finally come where the hockey gods have forgiven me and returned the McDavid back to us. Connor McDavid will dress tonight against the Blue Jackets. Happy days!
February 02 2016 02:20PM
Last week, I asked you guys to fire up your photoshop machines, kill some company time, and show the world how Connor's busted clavicle has been repaired and upgraded. Not only is Connor better, he'll be making his return to the lineup tonight and I could not be any more excited! The countdown is on...
February 02 2016 09:00AM
Todd McLellan has a bit of a problem. He has three good faceoff choices in Matt Hendricks, Anton Lander and Mark Letestu. He also has three inferior faceoff options in Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl, though of course he never seems to have them all at the same time.
The good faceoff players are all fourth-line quality players and all (more or less) veterans. McLellan can’t double-shift those players all the time, and besides he needs to develop the faceoff skills of his young stars. How does he balance those competing priorities?
Nation World HQ
February 02 2016 07:00AM
In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the
Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!