Current 2 Oilers Draisaitl’s longest without scoring


“I’m not going to score 82 goals or I’m probably not going to score 50 of 50 either. I know these meltdowns are coming.”

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Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl is back on Earth, not another great planet.

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He’s scored three goals in his last seven games and scored 23 in 26 games, still number one in the NHL, but that goals-per-game pace isn’t quite there, which means he’s mortal.

“It’s a tough league to score,” said Draisaitl. “Like I said, I’m not going to score 82 goals or I probably won’t score 50 of 50 either. I know these meltdowns are happening.

“They happen to me every year. I would rather it happened sooner than later.

The longest he’s gone goalless this season is two games (Los Angeles-Minnesota last week) and was shut out the first two games against Vancouver and Calgary here. He played eight scoreless games from February 19 to March 6 last season, and also started the season with none in his first four games.

He has managed 25 shots in the last seven games, but only the three snipes.

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He played nine two-goal games in the first 26 games.

Draisaitl watches a lot of hockey games, focusing on the goal scorers and their instincts. Like everyone else, he was amazed by the departure of Alex Ovechkin, one point behind Draisaitl and Connor McDavid in the goal race.

He has 20 goals and 24 assists.

“It’s awesome. How old is he? Thirty-six? He turns into a passer, which is pretty scary. It’s cool to watch. He’s great for the game and keeps getting better at the game. his age, if at all possible, with the evolution of his game, ”said Draisaitl.

Uh, OH!

With the Calgary Flames having six players tested positive for COVID-19 after a Saturday home game against Carolina, and now two Hurricanes players, including Sebastian Aho, getting the same result after a Sunday game in Vancouver, where that leaves Does the Oilers, who so far have had only one positive case, Cody This, before his home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins? The Oilers faced Aho here on Saturday. He scored two goals for the ‘Canes but missed Sunday’s game in Vancouver with what they called an illness.

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The Leafs have had their Thursday game in Calgary postponed and will play in Vancouver on Saturday. As of yet, no one is sure what their revamped plans will be. Stay here after Tuesday’s game to practice, go to Vancouver, anyway? Going to Kelowna, BC?

“The level of concern has increased and not just because it (the Flames result) affected us with the schedule,” said Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe. “I haven’t looked at the league numbers, but it looks like it’s happening more frequently. Last year some teams had big epidemics (like Vancouver), but in terms of the impact on the league as a whole? It seems more important. It holds our attention, that’s for sure. You are vaccinated, which reassures you, but whether the matches are canceled or not, the absent players impact the teams.

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Leafs captain John Tavares is on the bubble for a spot on Canada’s Olympic team, but like most players he’s worried the Chinese will say anyone who tests positive should self-isolate for three to five weeks there – low. He has two young boys and wouldn’t want to be away from his family for the tournament, and possibly weeks after.

“Obviously, things are more difficult than they used to be,” he said.

“It’s extremely difficult to understand this (long quarantine), how do we get home? We want to go to the Olympics feeling good because it’s a different experience, but you don’t want it hanging over your head, ”he said.

Draisaitl knows that the long period of isolation if a player contracts COVID is very disturbing.

“I don’t know if that changes my decision to go there, but I hope there is potentially a way around it (40 weeks),” he said.

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This ‘n’ that: Oilers defenseman Duncan Keith, who missed eight games, skated alongside partner Cela in Monday practice. Precision he’s playing… Goalkeeper Mike Smith, absent for nearly two months with a suspected ankle problem, trained hard on Monday, but he’ll be watching again… Leafs winger Mitch Marner (shoulder) is out for another month after colliding with teammate Jake Muzzin in training… Oilers defenseman Slater Koekkoek (sprained ankle) skated with the team for the first time. “For a while we didn’t have enough defenders, now we have a plethora (in practice),” said Tippett… Leafs could have forward Ilya Mikheyev (broken thumb) in his first game of the season. Defenseman Travis Dermott, who injured his same shoulder in training a week ago when he underwent surgery in 2019, could also return.

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