|20-26-5, 45 points, .882 p/g||Ranks||23-22-6, 55 points, 1.078 p/g|
|Pacific Division - 7th||Atlantic Division - 4th|
Three Point Return For McDavid Propels Oilers Over Jackets
It took 37 games for Connor McDavid to return to the Oilers' lineup. It felt like an eternity. McDavid's first game back was only his fourteenth of his career, but he looked like he was a superstar with years of experience under his belt.
— NHL (@NHL) February 3, 2016
McDavid finished with three points (1-2-3), Cam Talbot turned aside 36 of 37 shots, the Oilers even had a power play goal from Jordan Eberle. Eric Gryba scored a goal for the first time since 1916. Things were good, if only for one night.
The Oilers begin a four game road trip tonight in the nation's capital. Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"I expect him to keep his speed, his pace up, but it's unrealistic to expect him to score a highlight goal and get three points every game"
That's Oilers coach Todd McLellan on Connor McDavid's triumphant horn-blasting three point return after missing 37 games with a clavicle injury.
LET'S KICK SOME TIRES AND LIGHT SOME FIRES
What does your coach know anyways, Connor? You had a highlight reel goal after being away for nearly three months. Don't forget about the two assists. Let's shoot for three more points tonight. Let's shoot for three more on top of that. I will consume two beers for every point you score tonight, Connor. Let's show this McLellan fellow that you're not messing around. This means you'll have to stop around 9 or 10 points as I have to get up for work tomorrow sometime. Plus, my girlfriend tells me that I smell like pennies if I drink too much. But up until 9 or 10, go get 'em.
The opponents are saying
"I'm still having a few things happen, but it's night and day to where we were a month ago and even two weeks ago." Source