The Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche will meet in the best-of-seven Western Conference Final playoff series on the journey to the Stanley Cup.
This sets up as the game within the game as two of the great young NHL superstars will do battle. The Oilers’ Connor McDavid and the Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon are arguably the best players in the game today.
How do they stack up?
MacKinnon: The center is 26 years old and somehow is in his ninth season. He came to Colorado as the first overall pick in 2013.
McDavid: The Oilers’ star is 25 years old. He was the first pick in the 2015 draft and is in his seventh season.
MacKinnon: The 6-0, 200-pounder is a right-handed shot.
McDavid: The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder is a left-handed shot.
MacKinnon: He has played in 638 games, scoring 242 goals and adding 406 assists for 648 points in the regular season. Overall, the Avs’ star is +83. Seventy-one of his goals have come on the power play. He has 46 game-winning goals.
McDavid: The Oilers’ sta has 239 goals and 458 assists for 697 points. Overall, he is a plus 28. McDavid has 50 power-play goals and 53 game-winners. He has led the NHL in scoring four times, including the last two seasons.
MacKinnon: This is the sixth postseason run for MacKinnon. Including this season, he has 36 goals and 46 assists in 60 games. That includes 11 PPGs and 7 GWG. MacKinnon has scored twice in overtime in the playoffs.
McDavid: This is the fourth playoff appearance for McDavid. He has played in 33 games and has 18 goals and 30 assists. Of those 48 points, 26 have come this season. He is a league-leading +19 in this postseason. McDavid has 5 PPGs and 2 GWG. McDavid has one overtime goal, which came in Game 5 to knock out the Calgary Flames.
Colorado Avalanche (C1) vs. Edmonton Oilers (P2)
Tuesday, May 31: Oilers at Avalanche, 8 p.m. ET; TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS
Thursday, June 2: Oilers at Avalanche, 8 p.m. ET; TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS
Saturday, June 4: Avalanche at Oilers, 8 p.m. ET; TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS
Monday, June 6: Avalanche at Oilers, 8 p.m. ET; TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS
*Wednesday, June 8: Oilers at Avalanche, TBD
*Friday, June 10: Avalanche at Oilers, TBD
*Sunday, June 12: Oilers at Avalanche, TBD