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Preview/Lines #44: Quinn on How To Slow Down McDavid



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The San Jose Sharks face a tall task to stop Connor McDavid tonight.

The now 26-year-old McDavid comes into the game with a league-leading 79 points. When asked how the Sharks could possibly stop him, head coach David Quinn told reporters that he might be “undefendable.”

“There’s nothing this guy hasn’t done. I mean, when you combine his physical gifts with his burning desire [and] skill set, that’s why he’s such a unique player in this league,” Quinn said.

McDavid has continued to improve his game this season with an emphasis on goal scoring. He leads the league with 35 goals, career-high 44, so he is on pace to shatter that.

“You’ve got to always get in his way,” Quinn explained on how to attempt to slow McDavid. “To slow him down to a certain degree, you gotta have the puck more, be a lot more conscious of your decisions when you have it, and just get in his way. I mean, just try to throw him off his stride.”

Quinn went even more in-depth about what he wants to see from his team when McDavid doesn’t have the puck: “I’m not saying a man-to-man feel when he doesn’t have it, but if you’re around him and your team doesn’t have it, just get in his way and slow him down. Because once he gets in, [and] he’s going to top speed, it’s a frightening thing to watch.”


Nick Cicek is in for Scott Harrington, and Kaapo Kahkonen will draw the start for the Sharks.


Here’s how the Oilers lined up in their last game against the Anaheim Ducks.


The San Jose Sharks will take on the Edmonton Oilers at 7:30 PM PST at SAP Center. Watch it live on NBC Sports California. Listen to it on the Sharks Audio Network.

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