Connor McDavid hit the 70 assist mark for the fourth time in his career on Wednesday night.
It’s only his seventh season in the NHL, but he already has two seasons of 70+ assists as the next closest active skaters in Sidney Crosby and Joe Thornton (2).
McDavid scored his 43rd goal and finished with three points in a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars.
The Edmonton Oilers have won three straight and are now 9-1-1 in their last 11 games since March 28.
In addition to closing in on second place in the Pacific Division, the Oilers also did one of their Canadian rivals a favor by preventing Dallas from collecting a single point.
Here is the TSN EDGE Morning Coffee for Thursday, April 21, 2022.
McDavid takes another step in his victory
With three points against the Stars, McDavid is 13 points in nine games in April.
He’s gone over 1.5 points in five of those nine games.
FanDuel had it at -102 to go over 1.5 points last night.
McDavid took a two-point lead over Jonathan Huberdeau to take the league lead with 113 points.
He was +110 to win the Art Ross Trophy at FanDuel Sportsbook ahead of last night’s action.
FanDuel also has McDavid as a second pick to win the Hart Memorial Trophy at +300.
Only Auston Matthews (-300) has shorter odds.
Meanwhile, not too long ago, the Oilers’ goaltending situation was seen as a major weakness.
That was not the case at all in April.
Mike Smith made 34 saves against the Stars to improve to 7-0-0 with a 1.57 goals-against average, .954 save percentage and two shutouts this month.
With exactly eight days remaining in the regular season, Edmonton is four points clear of the Los Angeles Kings for second place in the Pacific by one game less.
The Oilers won’t catch the Calgary Flames for the top spot in the division, but they can secure home-ice advantage for a first-round streak and keep their momentum heading into the playoffs with a strong finish. .
Speaking of the playoffs, Bruce Boudreau and company must have been happy when Edmonton beat the Stars in regulation.
The Vancouver Canucks are four points behind Dallas for the final Wild Card.
They are five points behind the Kings for third place in the Pacific with one game less.
Now they have to mind their own business, following a shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
The Canucks are a +152 ML underdog for tonight’s game at the Minnesota Wild.
Los Angeles is a -250 ML favorite against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Stars visit the Flames – they are a +184 ML underdog playing their second game in as many nights.
For those wondering, the “all good in Vancouver” featuring the Canucks, Flames and Blackhawks to win pays +1018 at FanDuel Sportsbook.
The “fade the Canucks to make the playoffs parlay” featuring the Wild, Kings and Stars earns +518.
Meanwhile, the Vegas Golden Knights bounced back from back-to-back losses with a 4-3 overtime win over the Washington Capitals.
Vegas is two points behind Dallas for the final Wild Card, with one more game played.
The Knights are three points behind the Kings and both teams are set to play three more games.
While the playoff field is nearly set in the Eastern Conference, there’s still a lot to be determined in the Western Conference over the next eight days.
Embiid breaks hearts in Toronto
Joel Embiid was the second pick to win the NBA Regular Season MVP at FanDuel Sportsbook this season.
On Wednesday night, he gave the City of Toronto a quick demonstration of his MVP skills in person.
Embiid had 33 points and 13 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 104-101 in overtime to take a 3-0 series lead.
Toronto, which has never trailed behind in regulation, lost a 17-point lead – the biggest lead in franchise history.
It was Heartbreak City for anyone betting on the Raptors to win or cover as a two-point underdog.
It was even worse for anyone also betting on Embiid to go under 32.5 points, as his three-point shot with 0.7 seconds left in overtime pushed him onto his points prop.
Looking ahead, the 76ers are a three-point favorite for Game 4 Saturday night in Toronto with a chance to close the series.
The Raptors are at +124 to extend the streak to five games with a win.
While no one is giving Toronto a chance to win the series 3-0, anyone betting on the series to go six or seven games will already have to think about hedging their bets with the Philly money line for Game 4.
NBA teams are 143-0 all-time as they take a 3-0 series lead.
For what it’s worth, FanDuel has the Raptors at +3500 to win four straight and advance.
Celtics take series lead 2-0
The Brooklyn Nets have never won a playoff after leading 2-0.
That’s not what anyone betting on the Nets to win their first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics wants to see this morning.
The Celtics beat Brooklyn 114-107 last night to take a 2-0 series lead.
Looking at the adjusted series prices on FanDuel Sportsbook, Boston is now at -430 to advance.
The Nets are at +340 to win four of the next five games.
Meanwhile, DeMar DeRozan had 41 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-110 to tie their 1-1 series.
The Bulls are now +210 to win this series at FanDuel, heading home for Games 3 and 4.
Milwaukee is still -255 to win the series