The Edmonton Oilers will be without Connor McDavid for tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, plus a while longer, as he recovers from a quad injury.
Oilers president and general manager Ken Holland says McDavid sustained the injury during Saturday’s win against the Nashville Predators.
"He's two to three weeks. That's a normal timeline for this injury. We're hoping less… It's not long-term. We'll double-back a week from now." #Oilers GM & President of Hockey Operations Ken Holland on Connor McDavid's quad injury sustained Saturday vs. Nashville
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 11, 2020
Though the Oilers are hoping for a speedy recovery, the “normal timeline” for this injury is two to three weeks according to Holland.
Given how much Edmonton relies on their superstar captain, this injury could be crippling to their postseason chances in the hyper-competitive Western Conference playoff race. The Oilers are currently tied with Vegas and Calgary, with Winnipeg and Arizona just one point back.
McDavid trails only teammate Leon Draisaitl in the NHL scoring race, with 81 points in 55 games.
The upcoming schedule also doesn’t do the Oilers any favours, as they play three games in four nights beginning on Thursday following a cross-continent flight, with games in Tampa Bay, Florida, and Carolina.