The Edmonton Oilers captain is out of action for the next 2-3 weeks with a quad injury, according to general manager Ken Holland.

The past few days have been interesting in Oil country…everyone has been holding their collective breaths and the news delivered on Tuesday morning was nothing anyone had expected.

The Edmonton Oilers general manager had confirmed in a press conference at Rogers Place that indeed Connor McDavid is now out of the lineup for the next little while. He stated a rough timeline of two-to-three weeks due to a quad injury suffered originally on Saturday in Edmonton playing the Nashville Predators.

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McDavid had an MRI performed on Monday in Edmonton after the very brief morning skate and the results had shown more damage to the stars’ leg than previously had thought by the team medical staff. Originally, the fear amongst the local media was perhaps a re-injured PCL in which McDavid had rehabbed over the course of the last offseason. Holland said this was a separate injury, no damage to the left knee was found in the scan.

McDavid is heading back to Toronto for further treatment, according to Holland. The Oilers head out on road trip to Florida and Carolina after Tuesday night’s meeting at home against the Chicago Blackhawks. Holland has said he’ll return back to Edmonton after the team has completed its road trip. He also did say that the team was hopeful Connor’s return could be sooner than expected.

The Edmonton Oilers are neck-and-neck with the entirety of the Pacific Division and with victories from Arizona, Calgary and Vancouver on Monday night, the race for a spot in the postseason is even tighter now with 14 games left.

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