PITTSBURGH, PA - Connor McDavid versus Sidney Crosby.
Need I say more?
Saturday's Oilers matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins comes, of course, with all the hype surrounding two of the National Hockey League's biggest stars as they go head-to-head for the seventh time.
McDavid and Crosby may be the marquee matchup but there is ultimately one task at hand for the two sides.
"The main focus is on winning," said Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett.
"How does your team win? If you're not willing to play structured or play well as a team, you're probably not going to win games like this. Especially against a good team."
THE CROSBY AND MCDAVID SHOW
There is, however, no understating the entertainment value attached to the Crosby and McDavid Show. The two stars are well-aware of the elevated competition when facing one another and admitted as much on Friday.
"I think I get prepared knowing it's going to be a good challenge," Crosby said.
"Knowing that you're playing against him and just knowing what he can do and the game he plays. You have to be aware and prepare accordingly."
Said McDavid: "Sid, (Evgeni) Malkin. They got some really special players over there and we got some good players on our side, as well. Generally, these have been entertaining games.
"Expect nothing different tomorrow."
Head-to-head, McDavid leads in point production, scoring three goals and seven assists in six contests against Crosby.
The Penguins captain, however, has pulled ahead in the win category, going victorious against McDavid in all six of their meetings, compiling two goals and two assists.
"It's always easy for us to get up to play them," McDavid said.
This is the first of two meetings between the Oilers and Penguins in the 2019-20 campaign. The Penguins will pay the Oilers a visit on Dec. 20 to wrap up the season series.
Last year, Edmonton went 0-1-1 versus the Pens, dropping a 6-5 overtime decision in their first tilt and a 3-1 loss in the second.
Draisaitl lit the lamp three times in the two affairs, while McDavid had one goal and two assists. For the Pens, Crosby (2G, 1 A), Patric Hornqvist (2G, 1A) and Matt Cullen (3A) all led the club in scoring versus the Oilers.
Oilers team scope:
The Oilers enter PPG Paints Arena off a dominant performance in Columbus, one that saw the club score twice in the first and then twice more in the second for a 4-1 final.
Draisaitl notched a pair of markers and added an assist for three points, topping the National Hockey League in scoring with 25 points prior to Friday's NHL action. The German also has 12 goals on the season, tied with David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins for the goal-scoring lead. Draisaitl is riding a four-game point streak, tallying six goals and three assists over that span.
The Oilers are first in the Pacific Division with a 9-4-1 record and 19 points, and are fourth in the League overall. The club is 5-4-1 in their last 10 outings and 4-3-1 on the road this year.
Penguins team scope:
The Penguins devastated their Pennsylvania rival Philadelphia Flyers with a 7-1 score on Tuesday. Three players registered multi-point efforts including Sidney Crosby, who had one goal and two helpers.
Crosby tops all Penguins in points with 17 on the campaign while Jake Guentzel is the leading goal-scorer with seven. On the back end, Kris Letang has four goals and seven assists for 11 points.
The Pens employ the first Eastern Conference wild card position with 16 points and a 9-5-0 record. The club is 5-3-0 at PPG Paints Arena in '19-20, are 7-3-0 in their last ten and are currently riding a two-game winning streak.
By the Numbers:
McDavid's 394 points through his first 300 career NHL games ranked 2nd only to Sidney Crosby's 407. ... McDavid had been held without a point in just 78 games, ranking as the 8th-fewest in NHL history. ... Crosby had been held without a point in 77 games through his first 300 career games. ... McDavid and Crosby are two of seven skaters all-time to earn the Hart and Art Ross Trophy before playing their 300th career game. ... The Oilers are 1-6-1 in their last eight road contests versus the Pens, averaging 2.25 goals per game and 3.75 against.
OILERS - Adam Larsson (fibula) is on IR; Josh Archibald (foot fracture) is on IR; Joakim Nygard (ribs) is on IR.