We were treated to something quite special on Sunday when Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl both absolutely exploded for the Edmonton Oilers in their 8-5 win over the Ottawa Senators, combining for a godly 11 points in a show of just utter dominance.
It was just pure craziness from two of the best players in the NHL right now and, although we should be used to it at this point, it still blows minds when they go off and absolutely run riot as they did on Sunday. Granted, it was against the Senators but still, no one else has done to Ottawa what the deadly duo of McDavid and Draisaitl did on Sunday.
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In what was a wild, wild game that exposed Edmonton’s weaknesses (goaltending) as well as highlight their considerable strengths (their two superstars), McDavid finished with five points (1 G, 4 A) while Draisaitl went one better with six assists for six points on a night where sheer star power dominated.
The dynamic duo combined for 11 points – more than any one player on the Senators has recorded this season – and they once again highlighted why they are two of the best players on the planet right now, while also confirming what a bad job the Oilers have done when it comes to surrounding them with weapons, but that is another story for another day.
Anyway, McDavid and Draisaitl were unstoppable on Sunday, showcasing their elite playmaking abilities and there are very few who can read the ice and make passes as precise and as perfect as those two can. They were simply sublime and it is hardly a surprise that McDavid leads the NHL in points with 22 (8 G, 14 A) and Draisaitl is right behind him with 21 (6 G, 15 A). So, could they do the unthinkable and both hit 100 points or more in 56 games?
Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl could record 100 points in 56 games
Both Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have recorded at least two 100 point seasons, with McDavid doing it three times and Draisaitl doing it twice. McDavid put up 97 points (34 G, 63 A) in 64 games last year in a shortened 2019-20 regular season, while Draisaitl had a monster year with 110 points (43 G, 67 A) in 71 games.
Therefore, it is feasible to think that both could actually hit the 100-point plateau in 2020-21 despite only having 56 games to do it in, and their current high level of play suggests that they could well pull off the unthinkable as long as they keep up this pace for the duration of the season, which isn’t out of the realms of the possibility given that we are talking about two of the most insanely talented players on the planet right now.
For instance, Draisaitl is currently averaging 1.91 points per game and McDavid is operating at a godly 2.00 clip per game, and while they might dip and regress slightly, if both players can stay in that region then they will have every chance to make some history this year, while they are both incredibly capable of exploding for huge multi-point games as was the case on Sunday, with McDavid boasting six games in his career where he has recorded five or more points.
Plus, it is worth remembering that the Oilers have the Ottawa Senators on the schedule eight more times in 2020-21, so that is eight more opportunities for Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl to both feast on horrific defense and poor goaltending, which will only pad out their stats and push them closer to that magic number.
Also, with the Edmonton Oilers currently ranked 29th in Goals Against Per Game (3.73), there will be more pressure on both McDavid and Draisaitl to put this team on their shoulders and carve out huge multi-point games in order to make up for bad goaltending and ensure that this team remains in Playoff contention in what is an ultra-competitive North Division, so it is going to be pretty common to see the two stars continue to log more than 20 minutes of ice time a night and dominate the stat sheet on a nightly basis in 2020-21.
So, while it will be one hell of a feat for one player to achieve let alone two, don’t be surprised if both Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl crack 100 points in 56 games this season and make history. After all, both are two of the best players on the planet right now and, due to having to face lowly opposition multiple times this year coupled with the fact that they will have to literally drag the Edmonton Oilers into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, then there is enough reason to believe that Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl will be able to pull off the unthinkable this year if they can maintain their rapid start to the 2020-21 NHL season and keep up this current crazy pace.