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Blue Jackets face McDavid, Oilers on Friday night in Columbus

by Katie Foglia / Columbus Blue Jackets

The Edmonton Oilers are kicking off the month of March with a four-game road trip. The trip begin with an overtime win on Tuesday night over the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. In that game, rookie sensation and No. 1 overall pick Connor McDavid scored two goals, including the game-winner.

That particular match-up was the first between McDavid, the first overall pick in 2015, and Jack Eichel, the second overall pick out of Boston University. McDavid, who scored his first goal only 22 seconds into the game, logged 22:23 TOI and recorded five shots on goal.

The Oilers will play the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night before traveling to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets on Friday. In their last 10 games, the Oilers are 3-5-2 but have won two straight.

The Blue Jackets are 5-2-3 in their last 10 and are 12-10-4 at home, with two straight wins at Nationwide Arena.
 





The Blue Jackets carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission against the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 2 at Rexall Place, but the Jackets' erratic play caught up to them in the second period.

The Oilers scored four goals in the second period to take a commanding lead, sending the Blue Jackets to a 5-1 loss in what was the first game of a three-game road trip through western Canada.

Columbus’ lone goal came from Matt Calvert at 11:37 of the opening frame. Rookie goaltender Joonas Korpisalo was under fire in the first 12 minutes, stopping 14 shots and somewhat miraculously keeping the Oilers off the board

Edmonton’s second period barrage came courtesy of Eric Gryba, McDavid, Benoit Pouliot and Leon Draisaitl. Jordon Eberle added a fifth Oilers goal at 14:41 of the third period.
 





Who else, really?

Keep your eyes on McDavid - and that's not an easy task when talking about a player with such game-breaking speed.

The 6-foot-1, 190 pound center has scored 12 goals and added 19 assists for 31 points in 28 games played this season. After missing three months with a broken clavicle, McDavid has gotten back up to speed quickly and is becoming a must-watch player every single night.

In his first game back since the injury, he posted a three-point night (one goal, two assists) in the aforementioned game on Feb. 2 against the Blue Jackets. In his last five games, he’s tallied three points (two goals, one assist), with both goals coming earlier this week in Buffalo.

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