Don't expect Oilers' Connor McDavid to be impeded by Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri like last time

Connor McDavid vs. Auston Matthews?

That was the big pre-game storyline the first time the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs met at Air Canada Centre Nov. 1 — the linemates from the exciting Young Guns’ World Cup team going head-to-head.

Instead, it morphed into McDavid vs. Nazem Kadri, tasked with checking McDavid.

Kadri did a very nice job defensively and also scored twice, including the winner (3-2) when he used a wily move to get an arm on McDavid and wheel in to score on Cam Talbot on the 3-on-3 exchange in OT.

Now in the rematch we’ll see what happens.

“I expect it (being checked hard). It’s not like they’re inventing the wheel here,”…

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