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McDavid missed Monday's game in Dallas due to an illness

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

ST. LOUIS, MO - The Oilers are likely to have their captain and leading scorer back in the lineup tomorrow against the St. Louis Blues as Connor McDavid is feeling "a lot better" after missing Monday's game in Dallas.

McDavid missed the team's morning skate yesterday, and though Head Coach Ken Hitchcock was hopeful he'd be able to suit up against the Stars, the decision was ultimately made to give the two-time defending Ted Lindsay Award winner some recovery time.

"I thought maybe I might play but it was better to get some rest," he said following Tuesday's practice in St. Louis in which he participated fully. "You never like to (miss a game) but ultimately I thought rest was the better option."

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Missing Monday's matchup ended McDavid's streak of 235 consecutive games played, including the 2017 playoffs. Other than not skating, he said he carried out his usual game-day routine right up until a final call had to be made.

"I had prepared all day like I was going to play," he said. "It was only right before I was supposed to come to the rink that we decided it was better to take it off."

McDavid leads the Oilers with 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 26 games, ranking him sixth in the NHL scoring race.

Fellow forward Ryan Spooner was also sick and unable to play against the Stars, but he too participated in Tuesday's practice and is expected to return against the Blues on Wednesday.

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