Oilers aim to start climbing back into race at Columbus

The Oilers generated chances, but the results simply weren’t there. With seven losses in the past 12 games, they are mired in next-to-last place in the Pacific Division standings.

McDavid is trying to do his part to provide a jump-start. After being slowed by illness last month, he has produced one goal and four assists in the past five games.

“I was happy with my game,” he said after the loss in Toronto. “I thought I was able to generate some chances.”

Teammate Milan Lucic has two goals and three assists in the past four games, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has scored three goals in the past six outings.

However, for the Oilers to start generating some wins consistently and help goaltender Laurent Brossoit (2-6-1), McDavid needs to be the driving force.

“He’s been really good,” Oilers left winger Patrick Maroon said of McDavid. “With him being sick, it’s been tough, but he’s finding his gear. Whatever he did (Sunday), I’m sure he’s going to continue that in Columbus. That’s why he’s our leader. That’s why he wears the C.”

The 76ers traded Okafor, seldom-used guard Nik Stauskas and a second-round draft pick to the Nets for forward Trevor Booker on Thursday.

Okafor also had off-court problems during his time in Philadelphia. He got a speeding ticket for driving 108 miles per hour and was suspended by the 76ers for two games after in an altercation outside of a Boston nightclub with a heckler.

“Speeding obviously is illegal,” Okafor said. “I know that’s not what you’re supposed to do. I guess you just learn how the page can turn on you and how everything can flip. I can’t really say I learned anything, because you know going in that’s not right. You just learn from your mistakes, but [it was] a tough thing that I went through, I got past, and I’m looking to better times now.”
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