Morning After Oilers vs Coyotes: McDavid Gets 60, Draisaitl Gets 110

The Edmonton Oilers celebrate a goal scored by forward Connor McDavid (97) vs The Arizona Coyotes. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
The Edmonton Oilers celebrate a goal scored by forward Connor McDavid (97) vs The Arizona Coyotes. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

The Edmonton Oilers were able to walk away with another 2 points last night as they defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 in overtime.

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Just like the game on Monday, the Edmonton Oilers faced a weaker opponent that pushed them to overtime, and just like against the San Jose Sharks the Oilers were still able to get the needed 2 points.

It is nice to see the Edmonton Oilers get the two points, but I would really like to see them dominate the lower-quality teams. It makes me nervous for when we play good teams if the Oilers can hang around. For example, if they give up chance like this against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday they likely will not win the game.

Connor McDavid Gets 60

Getting the two points wasn’t the only big thing that happened last night. With the overtime winner, Connor McDavid got his 60th goal of the season. This is only the 4th time that a player has gotten at least 60 since the 1996-97 season.

The other 3 players are Steven Stamkos in 2011-2012(60G in 82 games), Auston Matthews 2021-2022(60G in73 games) and Alex Ovechkin 2007-2008(65G in 82 games). This is a pretty elite company to be included in. The question for McDavid now is can he surpass Ovechkin’s 65 goals in a season?

When Ovechkin scored his 65 he averaged 0.79G/GP. Right now McDavid is averaging 0.83G/GP, so if he can keep this rate up he will end up with 68 goals. The question from everyone now is, can McDavid get to 70 goals this season? There hasn’t been a 70+ goal scorer since the 1992-93 season when both Teemu Selanne and Alexander Mogilny both scored 76.

Leon Draisaitl Gets 110 Points

Not to be outdone by McDavid, also on the overtime winner Leon Draisaitl got his 110th point of the season. This ties his career high in points that he got in both the 2019-20 and 2021-22 seasons. Watching both McDavid and Draisaitl play in an Edmonton Oilers jersey every night is a treat.

The way these two players are running the league is something to admire. McDavid is leading the league in points with 138 points. Draisaitl is second with 110 points and he is 10 points ahead of Nikita Kucherov and his 100 points.

With McDavid averaging just under 2 points per game and Draisaitl averaging just over 1.5 a game, it is no doubt the Edmonton Oilers have the most goals in the league by a margin of 20.

Major Test For The Edmonton Oilers On Saturday

As much as Draisaitl and McDavid have had individual success their main focus is still winning games. The Edmonton Oilers will need to do that on Saturday if they want to have a chance of winning the Pacific Division.

As it sits right now the Edmonton Oilers are 4 points back of the Vegas Golden Knights for the lead in the division but have played one more game. If the Oilers want to pass the Knight they are going to win the β€œ4 point” games. These are huge games standings-wise.

Not only is it important for the standings, but it is important to prove that they can hang with the league’s elite. The main goal for the Edmonton Oilers is to win Stanely Cup. To do that they need to beat the top teams. The game on Saturday will a chance to do this. A win Saturday should give this team the boost they need for a solid stretch run.

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