Connor McDavid’s chase for another historic milestone is one of the most intriguing storylines surrounding the 2022-23 season.
He currently sits at 55 goals, 72 assists, and 127 points through 62 games. He is putting together one of the most impressive seasons in NHL history, and he still has 20 games yet to go. This puts him on pace for 67 goals, 88 assists, and 155 points, making his chase for 70 goals difficult.
The last players to score 70 goals in a season were Teemu Selanne and Alexander Mogilny, who both scored 76 goals back in 1992-93. Auston Matthews was able to hit 60 goals in 2021-22, and Alexander Ovechkin hit 65 back in 2007-08. These seasons will all go down in history as incredibly impressive, and if McDavid is able to be the first to hit 70 in almost 20 years, that will just strengthen his case as one of the greatest players in the history of the NHL.
According to tankathon.com, the Edmonton Oilers have the third-easiest remaining strength of schedule. This includes three games against the San Jose Sharks and two games each against the Anaheim Ducks and Arizona Coyotes. McDavid can put up video-game numbers against those teams, as they all sold assets at the Trade Deadline in an attempt to get a higher draft pick.
The Oilers’ league-leading power play is currently clicking at 31.6%, and they will need that to continue down the stretch as they fight for seeding within the Pacific Division.
They currently sit in a wild card position behind the Vegas Golden Knights, Los Angeles Kings, and Seattle Kraken. While McDavid chases history, he and the Oilers will attempt to rack up points to move into that top seed in the division. All four teams being this close will make for some intense battles down the stretch, in which the Oilers have proven they can come out ahead of the pack.