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#Oilers win! Smooth regulation W moves Edmonton to 0.500 thanks to Mike Smith’s first win of the season. PLUS: MORE!

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Edmonton Oilers v Ottawa Senators Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

Morning, folks!

We’ll keep it brief this morning for you. It’s, of course, another GAMEDAY with our heroes staying put in Ottawa for one more (easy) night. We’ll see you later on in the GAME THREAD, which had another strong night last night thanks to all of you. We appreciate the fervor.

Connor McDavid continues to lead the league in scoring despite being genuinely and objectively unlucky at evens:

He’s sporting a 38% goals for against a 63.97% expected goals rate. His PDO is 0.924. Between 2017 and 2020 McDavid scored 51.9% of the goals, a little better than his expected rate of 50.3%. He’s playing perhaps the best hockey of his career — and certainly the best hockey since his 2016-17 explosion that saw him truly lap even the second-best player in the league — and now he’s seeing some extremely bad luck.

The good news? That means he’s due. That means the guy who is scoring at just about 2 points per game is set to see some positive regression that should see his gaudy totals get even gaudier. Exciting times ahead.

Before I leave you to your own devices, let’s all gather in a circle and pray that Dave Tippett plays Caleb Jones instead of Kris Russell tonight. And then every night after for the rest of Kris Russell’s time in Edmonton. It’s never too late to do the right thing.


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