New goalie starts for Edmonton tonight, while McDavid in wicked even strength slump


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This in, news that the Oilers will start veteran AHL goalie Calvin Pickard in net tonight against the Florida Panthers, while benching Adam Erne in favour of going with a seventh d-man, Phillip Broberg.

Nugent-Hopkins – McDavid – Brown
Kane – Draisaitl – Hyman
Foegele – McLeod – Ryan
Hamblin – Gagner

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Nurse – Ceci
Ekholm – Bouchard
Kulak – Desharnais


My take

1. The two big storylines for tonight’s game are Pickard in the nets, and whether or not Connor McDavid can finally pick it up at even strength and put some points on the board.

2. McDavid has just one even strength point in his last eight games, just five on the season in 14 games. Overall, he ranks 270th out of 374 NHL forwards who have played at least 100 even strength minutes this year.

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