McDavid’s toddle to 100 parts for Oilers amplified in shortened season

Connor McDavid acknowledged scoring 100 parts within the shortened 2020-21 NHL season remains a possibility with seven games left but is now not one thing he is bright in.

The Edmonton Oilers center has scored 87 parts (29 targets, 58 assists) in 49 games and has a 16-level lead on teammate Leon Draisaitl within the toddle for the Art Ross Trophy as the main scorer within the NHL, an award he received twice in his first five seasons (2016-17, 2017-18). He’s on waddle to enact with 99 after scoring three parts in a 4-1 accumulate in opposition to the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

“In my belief, I would prefer to continue to play appropriate hockey, our crew wants to continue to play appropriate hockey,” McDavid acknowledged Saturday. “We need to enter the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs on a appropriate articulate. In my belief, or now not it’s a bunch. Obviously, it will most likely perchance be accomplish of pretty a spread of so that you just can make it in a shortened season, but I am now not going to exchange the leisure. I am ethical going to protect taking part in my game, and if I catch there, I catch there. And if now not, whatever.”

The 2020-21 NHL atypical season became as soon as reduced to 56 games and started in January since the 2020 Stanley Cup Closing ended Sept. 28 after last season became as soon as paused on account of considerations surrounding the coronavirus.

McDavid scored 97 parts (34 targets, 63 assists) in 64 games last season, 13 slack Draisaitl for the NHL lead. Draisaitl conducted seven more games.

Edmonton (30-17-2) is 2d within the Scotia North Division, 9 parts slack the foremost-place Toronto Maple Leafs and five parts sooner than the third-place Winnipeg Jets. The tip four groups within the division qualify for the postseason; the Maple Leafs contain clinched.

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It has been 25 years since a player scored now not now not up to 100 parts throughout the foremost 56 games of a season. Mario Lemieux (116) and Jaromir Jagr (104) of the Pittsburgh Penguins each did it in 1995-96. It has came about 29 cases in NHL historical past.

Scoring 100 parts in 56 games is a waddle of 1.79 parts per game. McDavid is at 1.78 parts per game through 49 games and would want 13 parts in Edmonton’s seven final games (1.86 parts per game) to reach 100.

The Oilers search recommendation from the Vancouver Canucks on Monday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, SNW, NHL.TV) for the foremost of 5 final games in opposition to them. McDavid has scored eight parts (five targets, three assists) in five games in opposition to Vancouver this season (1.60 per game). Edmonton’s assorted two games are in opposition to the Montreal Canadiens, and McDavid has scored eight parts (two targets, six assists) in seven games in opposition to them (1.14 per game).

McDavid’s parts-per-game sensible has risen each season since he averaged 1.07 as a rookie in 2015-16. He scored 1.22 parts per game in 2016-17, 1.32 in 2017-18, 1.49 in 2018-19 and 1.52 last season; he would enact at 1.55 per game this season without scoring a level within the final seven games.

McDavid looks to be rising to the misfortune of reaching 100 parts. The 24-365 days-extinct has scored 18 parts (six targets, 12 assists) in his past seven games, a median of two.57 parts per game.

“If he does that, we’ll need to contain a pretty appropriate probability to build up some games right here within the earlier few (weeks),” Oilers goalie Mike Smith acknowledged. “Nothing ceases to amaze me with this kid. Or now not it’s improbable how he continues to get better and better and the more challenging it gets, it looks love when he gets shut down one game, the next game he is that significant more hungry to catch on the market and serve the crew accumulate.

“It says a lot about the maturity of him as an particular person and all individuals knows how improbable he is on the ice, but I’ve viewed a young man develop true into a frontrunner on this hockey club. Obviously, a significant segment of why we contain had success this 365 days. So impressive to explore a young man love that take this crew on his shoulders and to make what he is accomplished this 365 days is an improbable feat.”

There had been 11 games this season when McDavid didn’t ranking a level. Within the 11 games following these, he has scored 24 parts (10 targets, 14 assists). He has been held and not using a level in consecutive games as soon as, a 3-game stretch in opposition to the Maple Leafs from Feb. 27-March 3.

McDavid became as soon as held and not using a level when Edmonton lost 3-1 to Calgary on Thursday but followed that up with a purpose and two assists Saturday.

“Or now not it’s barely improbable,” Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins acknowledged. “Everyone knows how special a player he is, but so that you just can make it every night is one more tale. He does it in practice on daily basis too, so we make catch a model of it. However obviously he is having a assorted season and he is a pretty spectacular player.”

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