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McDavid and Draisaitl no longer lead the NHL in points: another player rises to the top

Updated: Jan 8, 2022

The two Oilers super stars who held the top two spots all season have finally been dethroned as the Oilers struggle to win games continues.

It may be hard to fathom, but the 36-year-old Russian super star Alex Ovechkin has taken over the top spot in the NHL points race.

Ovechkin shows no signs of slowing down at this point in the season, and his play is reflecting well on the team around him. His 46 points already surpass his total from last season.

Here is a look at the updated points leaders as of today


Ovechkin now has tallied 8 points in his last 5 games, all without his long-time teammate and center man Niklas Backstrom in the line-up.

Ovechkin just tied the NHL record with his 274th career power-play goal against the Chicago Blackhawks last night.

Washington is 6-2-2 in their previous 10 games, and currently sit 3rd in the NHL overall standings with 41 points and a 17-5-7 record.

Meanwhile, McDavid has only 3 points in his last 5 games, and Draisaitl has been struggling as well with only 2 points in the same span.

The fact that McDavid and Draisaitl are currently holding two games-in-hand could make this race interesting when April comes.

Meanwhile, the Oilers are barely clinging onto the second wildcard spot in the West following 6-straight-losses.

This just goes to show that if the Oilers two best players don't produce points, the team doesn't win. There is a lack of depth in the line-up and this could be a serious issue down the road if McDavid or Draisaitl face an injury.


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