The Edmonton Oilers have had many highs and lows through their first eight games of the season and are thankfully back over a 0.500 winning percentage. With the first month of this year’s regular season almost complete, we wanted to look at star duos from around the NHL by comparing their current point totals to Connor McDavid’s and Leon Draisaitl‘s totals.
McDavid’s and Draisaitl’s current season points
The Edmonton Oilers are now 5–3–0 through their first eight games, with their latest win coming in the form of a 6–5 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. Connor McDavid scored his second hat trick of the season and now has eight goals and seven assists for a total of 15 points. Leon Draisaitl had a three-point night on Thursday and now has four goals and 11 assists, matching McDavid’s 15 total points. Together the two have an incredible 30 combined points through their first eight games.
Duo stats around the league
Jack Eichel and Chandler Stephenson
The Vegas Golden Knights have kicked things off with a bang going 6–2–0, a total of 12 points making them first in the Pacific Division. Jack Eichel has meshed well on the top line with Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone, scoring three goals and generating four assists. Eichel’s left-hand man Stephenson has also scored the same amount of goals and assists as his centreman and is currently performing at a 67-point pace since the start of the season. Eichel and Stephenson have a combined total of six goals and eight assists for 14 points.
Nathan MacKinnon and Valeri Nichushkin
Since the start of the season, the Colorado Avalanche have gone 4–2–1, good enough for nine points and are currently second in the Central Division. Nathan MacKinnon has scored three goals and seven assists for a total of ten points. It was hard to choose between having Mikko Rantanen or Valeri Nichushkin for this duo comparison as both are great players, but Nichushkin has been on an absolute tear scoring an impressive seven goals and five assists for 12 points. MacKinnon and Nichushkin have a combined total of ten goals and 12 assists for 22 points.
Jonathan Huberdeau and Nazem Kadri
The Calgary Flames have been red hot going 5–1–0, a total of ten points, second only to the Vegas Golden Knights, who have 12 points in eight games. Jonathan Huberdeau has one powerplay goal and four assists for five points. Nazem Kadri is off to a great start with his new club, scoring four goals, including two powerplay goals, and five assists, totalling nine points in. Huberdeau and Kadri have a combined total of five goals and nine assists for 14 points since the start of the season.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin
The Pittsburgh Penguins are off to a solid start going 4–2–1 on the season, currently tied with Carolina Hurricanes for second in the Metropolitan Division. Sidney Crosby has started the season strong, scoring four goals and seven assists while Evgeni Malkin has scored four goals and three assists. Crosby and Malkin have a combined total of eight goals and ten assists for 18 points.
Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov
The Carolina Hurricanes have had a strong start, going 4–1–1 so far this season, good for nine points and tied for second in the Metropolitan division. Sebastian Aho has scored four goals and five assists for a total of nine points. Andrei Svechnikov has been on a scoring frenzy with seven goals and two assists for nine points. Aho and Svechnikov have a combined total of 11 goals and seven assists for 18 points.
Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom
The Washington Capitals have been inconsistent to start the season and are now 4–4–0 giving them eight points and tied for fifth in the Metropolitan Division. Alex Ovechkin has had a slow start to the season, scoring only three goals and three assists. Nicklas Backstrom is currently on the injured reserve getting hip surgery and is hoping to be back before the end of the season.
Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov
The Tampa Bay Lighting have had a slow start to the season, going 4–4–0, giving them eight points and placing them seventh in the Atlantic Division. Brayden Point has scored four goals and two assists, and Nikita Kucherov has scored two goals and nine assists. Together Point and Kucherov have a combined total of six goals and 15 assists for 21 points.
McDavid and Draisaitl are currently the league’s top pair
Looking at this season’s combined point totals of all the pairs on this list, McDavid and Draisaitl rank first at 30 points, an incredible feat considering Colorado’s duo of MacKinnon and Nichushkin have the second highest point total at 22 points making for an eight point difference between the two clubs. Tampa Bay’s duo of Point and Kucherov are close behind in third with 21 points in eight games. Can McDavid and Draisaitl maintain their position as the league’s top duo? It won’t be an easy feat but they make it look effortless.
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