“To have it in Canada like this, with the league’s top scorer and most electrifying player in it nine times, it’s special,” Button said, “and there’s a real possibility for Edmonton and Toronto to play. the playoffs.
Similar to Crosby and Ovechkin, who broke into the league in 2005-06, McDavid and Matthews, the No.1 picks in the 2015 and 2016 draft, offer fans the luxury of watching them develop at the same time.
In the NHL points race, McDavid is No. 1 and Matthews is No. 3. In the goals race, Matthews is No. 1 and McDavid is No. 2.
Injury, of course, is the big unknown, and there is some concern heading into the three-game series that their competition could be put on hold due to a wrist injury that Matthews made worse against the Flames of Calgary Wednesday.
Matthews, who missed a game earlier this season against Edmonton with injury, did not train on Friday and is listed as a game time decision on Saturday. Matthews has been battling the injury “most of the season,” coach Sheldon Keefe said. Even still, Matthews contributed two assists in the 2-1 overtime win over Calgary.
Toronto fans have long been waiting for a talent like Matthews. The last Maple Leaf to lead the league in goals was Gaye Stewart in 1945-46, and the last Maple Leaf to lead the NHL in scoring was Gordie Drillon in 1937-38.
“He picks goalies aside,” Maple Leafs wing William Nylander said of Matthews. “And he does it constantly.”