McDavid injury to keep him out of Oilers lineup for 2-3 weeks

Feb 11 2020, 10:57 am

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.

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.