The Oilers finish the 2016-17 regular season with a record of 47-26-9. Here are three things to take from the Oilers 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks in the regular-season finale.
1. ART ROSS
Connor McDavid had himself a memorable Sunday night at Rogers Place. The Oilers captain had two helpers to increase his point total to an even 100 this season.
McDavid finished top dog in the NHL scoring race, besting Sidney Crosby (89 points) and company for the Art Ross Trophy honours. McDavid was quick to credit his teammates, specifically linemates Patrick Maroon and Leon Draisaitl, with helping him succeed this season.
"I don't really know what to say. It means so much to me," said McDavid. "Like I keep saying, I would not be in this position if it weren't for the guys on this team - guys like Leon and Patty, and those guys I've played with all year long. Even up and down the lineup though, it's an honour to be able to play with this group."
McDavid's response to winning the Art Ross was exactly what Head Coach Todd McLellan envisioned it would be.
"That trophy is a team trophy. He's gotten a lot of help from a lot of his teammates and he'll be the first to drag everybody into it," said McLellan."I think it's a pretty good rallying piece of hardware for our group. It wasn't just one individual who went out and did it. Of course, he played a big part in it but everybody helped him."
McDavid finished the regular season with 30 goals and 70 assists.
2. SECOND LINE SUCCESS
Jordan Eberle potted three goals Sunday night for his second career hat trick. Perhaps even more important than the individual recognition is the success the Oilers second line is having as a unit as they head into the playoffs.
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Eberle had four goals and two assists in a four-game point streak to end the season. Milan Lucic had a hat trick himself just the other night, and had five goals and one assist in his own four-game point streak. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and an assist in that same span.
"I think they're all playing to their strengths at one given time," said McLellan.
"Looch is playing physical, hard, and demanding ice. Nuge is detailed and taking care of the line. Ebs is getting his hands back and feeling that offensive groove. The three of them are coming together and peaking at the right time."
3. SHARKS IN THE WATER
The Oilers will take on the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs. It's a team they're very familiar with, having just played them two nights before the finale. The result of that meeting was a 4-2 win for the Oilers.
Despite the young roster, the Oilers are ready to roll in the first round.
"We have a lot of confidence," said McDavid. "We obviously understand the experience knock that's going to be against us, but we do have guys that have been there, played there, guys that have won and guys that have played in the final. That's good experience, and we can rely on those guys. At the end of the day, it's still hockey. Everyone talks about playoff hockey and all that, but it's still the game we've all been playing since we were young. That part of it doesn't change."
Game 1 will be Wednesday in Edmonton at 8 PM MDT. Game 2 is Friday at 8:30 PM MDT, also at Rogers Place.
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