Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid is ready to continue his NHL career with the hype of his first game behind him.
"I just feel more relaxed today," McDavid told the Edmonton Journal on Friday at Bridgestone Arena, where the Oilers will play the Nashville Predators on Saturday. "Yesterday was a bit crazy and I was certainly looking forward to getting the first one out of the way.
"I know that sounds a little bit different. Everyone wants to savor it, and for sure I had some great memories from it, but at the same time, it was really nice to get it out of the way so I could just start trying to be a normal hockey player."
McDavid was minus-1 with two shots in 18:07 on Thursday against the St. Louis Blues, a 3-1 Edmonton loss at Scottrade Center.
McDavid, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, is likely to have new linemates Saturday. He practiced Friday with Benoit Pouliot and Lauri Korpikoski after playing Thursday with Taylor Hall and Anton Slepyshev.
"After rewatching the game ??? the amount of offense we created was limited," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "Not a lot of guys had good looks at the net ??? and we're still trying to find the right combinations. In particular, I'm not sure Taylor and Connor have connected real well."
McLlellan also told the Journal the attention on McDavid may have diverted it from other Oilers who did not play well in the season opener.
"I think we???re going to have that for a little while," McLellan said. "But no one should be let off the hook, individually or collectively, because of one guy."