Hope the mothers in your lives had great days yesterday. The rest of you, too, but you know. It’s their day.
Our heroes venture east tonight for a two-game series with the Montreal Canadiens, a team that most people seem to acknowledge takes about 50 penalties a period, knowing that the refs are only ever going to call 2-3 of them (at most).
Connor McDavid hit his milestone 100 points after an outburst against Vancouver last time out. Some lines of thinking might suggest keeping him on ice for these two games given Montreal’s penchants for cheating, but the Oilers might want to field their strongest team here and try to win a couple to avoid playing Montreal in round 1. Will be curious to see what Tippett decides.
Rob Rossi, a Penguins reporter for The Athletic, tried to make the case for Sidney Crosby as the NHL’s MVP this season. It’s laughable, truly, but he tried. In response, local legend Woodguy had this to say:
EDM 5v5 Goal Share:— Woodguy (@Woodguy55) May 9, 2021
McDavid On 59.6%
McDavid Off 42.1%
PIT 5v5 Goal Share:
Crosby On 56.3%
Crosby Off 55.0%
Who is "most valuable to his team"? https://t.co/FoDy7tMNUk
What really sticks out to me is the McDavid Off GF%. The Oilers are still getting pounded when McDavid’s off the ice. Remember that when you’re being told how good of a job Ken Holland is doing.
As per, it’s a busy Monday on the site. Corey’ll check in with his odds forecast, Preston will launch the latest and greatest episode of our podcast, and we’ll have our usual GAMEDAY coverage up at (around) the usual times.
Til then. LFG.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Episode 9 - “There’s Something About Connor McDavid”
(Hey, you try doing something with The Rise of Skywalker.)
Shona and Preston recap the week that was, and ponder what the signing of Ilya Konovalov might mean for the Oilers. They dive deep into Philip Broberg’s assignment to the taxi squad and how it could affect the roster ahead of the playoffs.
Connor McDavid Makes History in 4-3 Win (Copper and Blue)
McDavid Records 100th Point of the Season on Hockey Night in Canada (Copper and Blue)
GAME THREAD: Game 53/56 Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks (Copper and Blue)
Hot Links: Friday, May 7 (Copper and Blue)
Monday Mailbag – Should Dave Tippett Cut Back Ice Time This Week? (ON)
Flames Forced To Cheer For Oilers As Playoff Hopes Hang In Balance (SN)
McDavid, Oilers Put 100 In Rearview Mirror To Focus On Playoffs (ES)
Report: Edmonton Oilers, Adam Larsson Talking Four-Year Contract Extension (ON)
For this to happen before extension would be a disaster. Four years, too. Just brutal. He’s maybe been their best D this year, honestly, but four years with his back issues and age, etc?! No thanks. Prepare to lose one of Caleb Jones or Ethan Bear, if they get this deal done.
Women Of Oilersnation: Kennedy Burgardt (ON)
100 In 53 (LT)
The Day After: As If We Had Any Doubt… (ON)
Player Grades: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl Hit Major Milestones, Lead Edmonton Oilers To 4-3 Win Over Canucks (EJ)
Oilers’ McDavid Hits 100 Points In Vintage Superstar Performance (ES)
Draisaitl On McDavid Reaching 100: ‘It’s Just Impressive, It’s Incredible’ (SN)
Special For McDavid To Share 100 Points Achievement With Oilers (SN)
Leon Draisaitl Gets 500th Career Point With Goal Against Canucks (SN)
Lowetide: Ideal Edmonton Oilers Lines And Pairings For The 2021 NHL Playoffs (TA)
‘It’s Kind Of Gretzky-Like’: Putting Oilers Star Connor McDavid’s Historic Season In Context (TA)
Lowetide: The 5 Oilers Prospects Who Improved The Most In 2020-21 (TA)
“He’s One Of The Top Players To Ever Play The Game”: Connor McDavid’s 100-Point Season Puts Him In Rarified Air (TA)