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Connor McDavid opens up about Darnell Nurse's struggles with the Oilers


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Samer Dagher
May 29, 2024  (3:53 PM)
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Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid addressing the media
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Superstar Connor McDavid sounds off regarding his teammate Darnell Nurse's struggles with the Edmonton Oilers during the playoffs.

The Edmonton Oilers are in a tough spot, trailing the Dallas Stars 2-1 in the Western Conference Final. Tonight's crucial Game 4 takes place at Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton.
Top defenseman Darnell Nurse has been facing criticism, including from head coach Kris Knoblauch.
"I think there's still more for him, I think he can play better," Knoblauch said. "The way he checks and covers the ice - I don't know anyone in the NHL who is able to get around the ice as quick as he can and close plays off. He's so efficient at that...I think that's his strongest attribute. For him to play well, that's something he has to be doing every shift. Darnell can play better."

Nurse has a -12 rating and has been on the ice for 18 even-strength goals against during the postseason, the most in the NHL. However, team captain Connor McDavid defended his teammate.
(Nurse) is a big piece of our room," McDavid said. "Plus minus, I know it's a funny stat. But he gives us everything he has and always has for a long time. He's big part of our room and I'd expect him to have a great one tonight."

It's a classy move for McDavid to support his teammate during these struggles. Can Nurse and the Oilers turn things around tonight?
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Connor McDavid opens up about Darnell Nurse's struggles with the Oilers

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