The Edmonton Oilers took a huge blow on Tuesday when GM Ken Holland delivered the news that star forward Connor McDavid will be missing time with a quad injury.
"He's going to be out two to three weeks; we're hoping less than that," Holland told the media. "It's the left leg, totally unrelated to the injury that he had this summer. The good news about having the MRI is not only did we see the quad injury but the doctors also had an opportunity to look at the injuries from this summer and everything looks great."
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McDavid went down in the second period Saturday against the Nashville Predators when he collided with defenseman Dante Fabbro and the boards. Holland reported he iced his knee between periods and did return for the third to finish the game. Afterward, the team announced the 23-year-old had a bruised knee and offered hopeful insight that their captain may be able to return as soon as Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Edmonton coach Dave Tippett said after the game that McDavid told him that he was fine and that as far as he knew, "it is nothing serious."
However, he will now miss time. How long will the forward be off the ice? Here is everything we know about McDavid's injury and the latest news on when he may return to the ice for the Oilers.
How long will Connor McDavid be out?
The Oilers general manager said Tuesday that McDavid will be out of the lineup for two to three weeks, but "hoping less than that." Originally, there was hope that No. 97 would not miss a game considering he was able to return to finish the contest against the Predators on the night he suffered the injury.
"He has a little bruise on top of his knee or something like that," Tippett told reporters after the game. "They looked at it between periods, he iced it and they wanted to ice him right after the game. I asked him how he was doing and he said 'I'm fine, I'm playing.' He got out there and played. As far as I know, it is nothing serious."
McDavid skated early Thursday (Feb. 20), a sign that his return could be imminent.
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Connor McDavid injury timeline
On Feb. 8 against the Predators, McDavid got tied up with the Nashville defenseman Fabbro and collided with the boards, his knee taking the blow. He iced his leg between periods and returned for the third. After the 3-2 win, McDavid iced his knee again and the medical team assessed him, according to Holland.
Then on Sunday, Holland reported that McDavid felt better but was still stiff and "a little bit swollen." Monday was more of the same before the team booked an MRI which showed the quad injury that is keeping him out of the lineup.
With the team heading on a road trip to Florida on Wednesday, McDavid opted to go to Toronto and be around "his team of people there and facilities" where he will do his treatments. He is expected to be back in Edmonton on Monday when the team returns from the road trip.
Holland assured reporters that this injury is unrelated to the one McDavid suffered in the final game of the 2018-19 season.
On Feb. 20, McDavid skated with his teammates in practice. Oilers play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels reported that McDavid will travel with the team on its three-game road trip to California and Nevada Feb 23-26, but it's still up in the air whether the superstar will suit up.
McDavid will travel with team but no guarantee he’ll play on trip, Nygard & Neal probably 2-3 weeks away from playing, according to Ken Holland. No meaningful conversation on Puljujarvi.
Oiler PK 30-for-31 in its last 11 games heading into tomorrow’s matchup with Minny.
— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) February 20, 2020