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Scheifele’s scary spill spoils Jets’ win vs. McDavid, Oilers

at Staples Center on November 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

at Staples Center on November 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Harry How

Wednesday night probably elicited some uncomfortably familiar feelings for Connor McDavid.

For one thing, his Edmonton Oilers failed despite his impressive efforts. McDavid collected two assists on Wednesday, yet the Winnipeg Jets ended up on top by a score of 4-3, so Edmonton didn’t even manage a token “charity point.”

(This gives McDavid 14 goals and 31 assists for 45 points in 37 games, by the way.)

Here’s the prettiest of McDavid’s two helpers, which somehow happened shorthanded, with Leon Draisaitl collecting one of his two points on the night:

Quick question: what’s a more desperate situation, being stuck talking politics with your conspiracy theory-loving relatives or dealing with a bouncing puck on the point with McDavid rapidly approaching?

Anyway, the other familiar moment was quite uncomfortable, too; McDavid may have felt sympathy pains for Mark Scheifele, who suffered a tumble into the boards that reminded a bit of the spill that ended McDavid’s rookie season.

After the game, Jets head coach Paul Maurice stated that “it doesn’t look good” for Scheifele, though he wasn’t able to elaborate. Uh oh.

Scheifele, 24, isn’t that far behind McDavid when it comes to scoring this season. With an assist in his limited 9:41 of ice time tonight, Scheifele has 37 points in as many games in 2017-18.

Just about everything seems dour for Winnipeg, which must be a heck of a feeling after a win:

The Jets ended Edmonton’s winning streak at four games, yet it may have come at a cruel cost.

At least Connor Hellebuyck is maintaining his surprising success:

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.