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The rookie is back! Connor McDavid to face Blue Jackets

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No pressure on McDavid to develop at his own pace (1:49)

Barry Melrose shares his expectations for Oilers rookie Connor McDavid, who is returning from a broken left collarbone, and says now that there is no pressure on McDavid to win the Calder Trophy, he can develop at his own pace. (1:49)

Columbus Blue Jackets at Edmonton Oilers, 9 p.m. ET

    • Connor McDavid's first game since he suffered a broken collarbone on Nov. 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers. The No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL draft missed 37 games. At the time of the injury, he had five goals and seven assists in 13 games.

    • When McDavid went down, he led all rookies in points. McDavid is now tied for 18th in points among rookies. The Chicago Blackhawks' Artemi Panarin leads the way with 46.

    • Since losing McDavid to a broken clavicle, the Oilers have scored the second-fewest goals per game (2.2) in the NHL . With McDavid in the lineup, the Oilers ranked 12th in the league in goals per game (2.8 over the first 13 games).

    • The Oilers are tied with the Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs for the fewest points in the NHL this season.

    • The Blue Jackets have allowed the most goals in the NHL this season (161), while the Oilers have allowed the third-most, with 148 goals.