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GAME THREAD: Game 53/56 Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks

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Oilers suit up against the Canucks for the fourth straight time as Connor McDavid needs four points to hit 100

Vancouver Canucks v Edmonton Oilers
Magic number’s 4.
Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

Edmonton Oilers (32-18-2, 2nd in North) vs

Vancouver Canucks (20-25-3, 7th in North)

08 May 2021

8 PM MST

TV: CBC

Radio: 630 CHED

FOUR

The number four is a common theme tonight. The Oilers are playing the Canucks for the fourth straight time. This game comes after a dreadful first period that saw the Oilers allow four goals on Thursday. Coincidentally enough, four is the amount of points that Connor McDavid needs to hit 100 points on the season. For more talk about the number four, please see our four things to look for.

FOUR THINGS TO LOOK FOR

  • Connor McDavid needs four points to hit triple digits on the season. There’s a fair chance he makes it happen tonight. If he does, 100 points in 53 games is nearly two points per game. If it happens, it’s an unbelievable accomplishment for a generational talent.
  • William Lagesson will pair with Adam Larsson tonight. Speaking of the number four, Elliott Friedman suggested tonight that the Oilers are working on a brand new contract for Adam Larsson and that it could be to the tune of four years in length. We’ll get on that a little more in the coming days, but four years...is a long time for a defenceman who’s likely to project third on the right side next year.
  • WIth four games to go this season, the Oilers face Vancouver tonight, the Habs twice next week and the Canucks one week from tonight. The Habs are currently in fourth place in the North division, though they could bump themselves up to third as the Jets laid an egg against Ottawa tonight.
  • ETC: Winnipeg losing to the Senators ensures that the Oilers will finish no lower than second place. They’ll also finish no higher than second place, as the Maple Leafs were victorious tonight. Mike Smith looks for win number 20. Where’s Tyler Ennis?

Let’s do it.