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Game Day Notes- Larkin vs. McDavid

11/03/2018 at 2:43pm EDT

from Arthur J. Regner and Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena, Larkin will be going head-to-head against one of hockey's best players in Edmonton's Connor McDavid.

In 12 games played, McDavid leads the Oilers in scoring with nine goals, 10 assists, is plus-4 with an ice time average of 23:10, which is tops for a forward in the NHL. His 19 points rank fourth in the league in scoring....

"We've used Dylan here the last number of games against the other team's best. Not exclusively, but to a large part certainly," Blashill said. "We have another line with Glenny (Luke Glendening) that if a coach wants to hold him (McDavid against Larkin).

"I'm not going to let the other coach run our bench. If it means putting Dylan out there for an O-zone face-off against somebody else, we'll do that if needed. But certainly, I think Dylan enjoys the competition of playing against the other guy, the other group's best. In Connor he's got a heck of a challenge in front of him."...

"First of all, when you put up the points that he put up, it's hard not to think he's a generational talent," Blashill said. "When you see the production that was there at such a young age going through major junior, Team Canada and all that. And then you watch him play and you know for sure. I think the first time I saw him play live was in the NHL and I was amazed.

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