Connor McDavid: McDavid first Oiler in 21 years with 100 PTS

Apr 13, 2017, 01:18
Connor McDavid: McDavid first Oiler in 21 years with 100 PTS

The Oilers will open the playoffs against the San Jose Sharks.

"In a big game, that's important to our players and our team, but to our city, as well", said the coach. "I think everyone in the city is extremely excited and so are we - we're looking forward to this". Cam Talbot is entering his first playoff matchup as a starter with only two post-season games played in, neither of which he started in.

Couture is a critical piece as he would be tasked with shadowing and shutting down McDavid, the NHL's fleet-footed scoring champion. Early in games, especially, Jones often had to make some Grade A saves while his team got its legs going.

Edmonton: Connor McDavid, the Hart Trophy favorite as league MVP, finished at the top of the NHL's scoring list with 100 points. Right now, as the second-place team in the Pacific, they're slotted to face San Jose in the first round, and they've been dominant in two recent wins over the Sharks. "We can feel good about beating them a few times, I guess, but it doesn't change anything".

"You've one of the best players in the world, if not the best player, you've got the nicest arena, It's nearly like a flawless storm for the team in the sense of being able to generate revenues", Mason said.

Tickets for the Wednesday and Friday contests at Rogers Place went on sale Monday at 10 a.m. and all were gone in five minutes, Tim Shipton, spokesperson for the Oilers Entertainment Group, said in an emailed statement. They should go into the playoffs with confidence and with expectations of having success.

"The market drives it right?" says Oilers Entertainment Group Chief Commercial Officer Stew MacDonald. The Oilers generate 7.52 more shot attempts per 60 (100.82 CF60), 5.28 more unblocked shot attempts per 60 (73.09 FF60), and 5.03 more shots on goal per 60 (52.54 SF60) than the Sharks.

"It's been frustrating. This is usually the last day (of the season) for me", Eberle said.

The stats favor the Oilers. They finished second in the division and have home ice advantage in at least the first round.

Prediction: The Sharks' late-season fade, plus the health status of Thornton and Couture can't be overlooked.

Daniel Sedin fed twin brother Henrik down low, and he in turn found Boeser at the side of the net with a no-look pass for the rookie's fourth goal in eight games since joining the Canucks before the Oilers responded in the third.

Note: Oilers head coach Todd McLellan said after the game backup goalie Laurent Brossoit will start Sunday.

"Our coaches probably know that team better than anybody in the league, so it will help", Eberle said.

The good news for the Oilers is they played well against all of these teams during the regular season. "It's just a matter of outworking and outplaying them". We know their key guys and what they want to do.