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Will It Be McDavid’s Time?

When deciding what team to place a bet at Betway between Edmonton and Calgary, you have to think the best goaltending will win, especially after a 9-6 win by Calgary in their first game of the second round matchup.

Woodcroft might be facing a goaltending crisis. So, like any National Hockey League coach, he did what he could to shine the spotlight as far from his own crease as possible. Two hundred feet away, where Markstrom was well below average in Game 1.

But at least Markstrom lasted 60 minutes. And is anybody doubting that the Vezina candidate will regain his form in Game 2?

Then there’s Mike Smith, the modern-day Gump Worsley at 40 years old.

Smith whiffed on the first shot in Game 1, allowed a second goal at the 51-second mark, and by 6:05 of the first period he was pulling on a ball cap, yanked after allowing three goals on the Flames' first 10 shots.

“It wasn’t an ideal start for our group,” said Smith. “We let each other down.”

-Mark Spector of Sportnset

I am rooting for the Oilers to win this series for one reason, the unbelievable post-season by Connor McDavid who has 18 points in 8 games and is +9.

I've watched hockey for a long time and don't recall someone as dominant as McDavid has been.

Imagine if he was playing in a big city market, the adoration from the press would be non-stop.  He's been that good.

But he needs help, especially from the goaltenders in Edmonton.  If he doesn't get it, it will be another lost season from him.

He deserves a Cup but can't do it alone although one other player comes to mind who experienced the same frustration, Steve Yzerman.

McDavid's time will come soon enough and then he will understand the frustrations he has gone through were worth it.

But right now, he has to be shaking his head.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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