You could feel it in the air. Connor McDavid would hit 100 points on Saturday, even though he still needed four points to get there.
He flew off the blocks by scoring a goal in the opening minute. 97, to match his jersey number.
Nearly seven minutes into the second period, he assisted on Jesse Puljujarvi's goal. 98.
Five minutes later, J.T. Miller took an interference penalty on McDavid. On the ensuing power play, McDavid assisted on Leon Draisaitl's goal. That goal was the 500th point of Draisaitl's career in the 475th game of his career. Yes, props to Draisaitl for being a career point-per-game player, even though he is forever known at Frozen Tools for the Draisaitl Hat Trick (goal, assist, minus-1). 99, to match Gretzky's jersey number.
Then, late in the second period, the Oilers received a 5-on-3 power play, thanks to penalties to Tyler Myers and Travis Hamonic. As a Canucks fan, I was 97 percent sure it would happen here. It didn't happen right away in the 5-on-3, making me wonder if the Canucks would actually kill this penalty. But then McDavid passes to Draisaitl, who puts it past Thatcher Demko for his second goal of the night. 100 points in just 53 games!
How incredible is 100 points in 53 games? For starters, it's nearly two points per game (1.89 PTS/GP, to be exact). If he played a full season, that would be a 155-point pace, which we have not seen since… (looks down)… Mario Lemieux in 1995-96 (161 points).
I know, he would have to do this over a full season. And he'd have to do it against a wider variety of teams than the somewhat defensively-challenged units in the North. Barring injury, does anyone think he won't lead the league in scoring next season? He's 21 points clear of second-place Draisaitl at the moment.
Even though McDavid has reached that 100-point milestone, there's still more season left for him. Two games in Montreal, followed by the Oilers' season finale at home against Vancouver a