NHL: McDavid wants Oilers to build on victory

23 January 2022 20:38:57 GMTPlus10

The Edmonton Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Saturday to end a seven-game losing streak and Captain Conor McDavid says he wants the Oilers to use the victory to build some momentum.

The Oilers, 6/1 to win the Stanley Cup, had two assists on the powerplay from McDavid, both for Evan Bouchard, to help beat their biggest rivals.

McDavid doing the business

For 25-year-old McDavid, the helpers were his 35th and 36th of the NHL season, which ranks him third in the league.

His points total of 55 is third, with team-mate Leon Draisaitl leading the way with 58 - the German had two goals and two assists against the Flames, including the game-winner.

Despite their recent struggles, with the help of McDavid and Draisaitl, the Oilers' powerplay has remained hot and leads the NHL with a 30.5% scoring rate. On the penalty-kill, however, their 80.5% success rate ranks 21st.

It's nice to find a way to win and, hopefully, we can build a little momentum.

Conor McDavid

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Edmonton began the NHL season well, recording a franchise best ten game start (9-1-0).

However, after going 0-5-2 in their last seven, pressure has been building as the Oilers have slipped to sixth in the Pacific Division (19-16-2).

Better feeling for McDavid

McDavid said to the media: "When you're losing games, it's obviously a bad feeling. We're human and have feelings and those losses pile up and weigh on you.

"It's just human nature, so it's nice to find a way to win and, hopefully, we can build a little momentum here."

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