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Draisaitl’s face to be on Predators jerseys, Oilers win 6-3 in Nashville

Draisaitl’s face to be on Predators jerseys, Oilers win 6-3 in Nashville

GDB 30.0 Wrap Up: Draisaitl’s face to be on Predators jerseys, Oilers win 6-3 in Nashville

This is Leon Draisaitl’s team now. Final score: 6-3 Oilers

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After the way the Oilers stuffed their pants with poop and shame last night in Minnesota, I was very intrigued to see how the boys would react just 24 hours later against a team they’ve had recent success against. Even without the fact that they’ve owned the Nashville Predators for the past couple of years, I thought every single player in a white uniform had to show up on the court pissed off at the way things went against the Wild. I wanted to see them take out their fury on the Predators. I wanted Nashville to suffer. Unfortunately, I look like a real dick when I’m hoping for destruction and the Oilers give up a goal on the first shot just 1:15 into the hockey game. Fortunately, the rough start was just a speed bump as the boys found their feet as the period wore on and they turned that flurry into two straight goals by Zach Hyman and a handful of sand in the eyes in the form of a buzzer beater by Leon Draisaitl to extend the lead to two . Even though the start was ugly, you have to give the Oilers tons of credit for not letting it affect them in the slightest.

Heading into the second period, I wanted the Oilers to keep the pedal to the floor and not give the Predators even an ounce of hope that they could climb back into this game. And while that eventually happened, it took a few minutes for the Oilers to get back on their horse, giving the Predators the pitch they needed to cut their lead in half and pull back to within one. Apparently, Leon Draisaitl took it personally when he responded with the goal in less than a minute, continuing his streak of doing whatever the hell he wants to this franchise. Undeterred, Nashville continued to fight and their relentlessness put them in many positions to score, and with the way Campbell’s night was going up to that point, it wasn’t too surprising to see them close the gap again. I’m not trying to pick on the guy, but you know what I mean. Fortunately, Connor McDavid halted the comeback with a beautiful power play rush that saw him carry the puck coast to coast before burying the shot through the goaltender. It was by no means a perfect period, but for the second time the Oilers took a two-goal lead into the break.

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Up by a pair with 20 minutes to play, the Oilers had some breathing room, but not nearly enough to feel comfortable. They needed to finish this match with purpose and avoid trying to sit back in some kind of pre-emptive defense. With the Predators up against the ropes, I wanted to see the Oilers get a huge blow and put this game to bed instead of having us all hold our breath for minutes at a time. Is that too much to ask? I didn’t think so. Still, despite my own personal wishes, the Oilers seemed content to spend much of the period clogging up the neutral zone and only sending one guy into the forecheck. As much as it worked for them, I’ve never understood why teams leading down the stretch get away from the style of play that put them in the lead in the first place, but I digress. What matters most is that the Oilers got the job done and were able to hold Nashville off the board in the final frame, securing an eighth straight win over the Preds and getting within a point of second place in the Pacific Division.

The packaging.

  • After going a couple of weeks without a goal, Zach Hyman has now scored in back-to-back games after tying the game midway through the first period (1-1), and I couldn’t be happier for him. He always takes his puck off, and you knew he was going to put the puck in the net—and make it count—sooner than later. Hyman added a second goal in the back half of the first period (2-1) after he found a loose puck near the goal mouth and hacked away until it finally crossed the line. Hyman completed his first career hat trick (6-3) with an empty netter late in the game to nail the coffin shut and lock up two points.
  • Leon Draisaitl continued his reign of terror over the Nashville Predators with a buzzer-beater (3-1) at the end of the first period after Nugent-Hopkins fed him a perfect one-time pass that Nashville’s mayor batted away. Less than a minute after Johanson cut the lead in half, Draisaitl restored the two-goal lead (4-2) with a shot from the dot that beat Lankinen between the arm and the kid for a goal he absolutely should have stopped. As always, Leon Draisaitl destroyed the Predators to the tune of another five-point night. Just ridiculous.
  • In the dying moments of the second period, Connor McDavid gave the Oilers (5-3) some insurance with a beautiful coast-to-coast goal on the power play that saw him cut through traffic before flicking a quick wrister past Lankinen. When McDavid buzzes like he’s on this one, I promise you there’s nothing on earth any defender is going to do to stop him. How about another informal four-point night for the captain?
  • Jack Campbell was back between the pipes for his first start since falling to the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 1, and I expected him to show us all that he’s not happy about losing the net to Stuart Skinner. That’s not to say I think there’s beef there or anything, but rather that I wanted to see Campbell’s competitive side come out. So when he let in a stinker on the first shot of the night, I have to admit I didn’t exactly feel confident about what was to come. The good news is that Soup settled down more and more as the game went on, and what I liked the most was that he completely locked things down in the last 30 minutes. Campbell finished the game with 29 saves and a .906%.
  • I like to see Jesse Puljujarvi rewarded with a few shifts on the first line after he put in one of his better efforts of the night. I really believe the goals will come if the big guy keeps putting in this kind of work.
  • With another assist on the night, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins now has eight points in his last five games (3G, 5A).
  • Just a quick shout out to Evan Bouchard for the slam pass that led to Hyman’s first goal of the night. Dad knew exactly what he was doing.
  • The Oilers pulled off a special team sweep as they scored on both of their power play chances while also killing all five shorthanded situations they faced.
  • I never knew I could be as happy about the Oilers outscoring their opponent as I was tonight. Instead of pucks being pumped into their own net, the Oilers were able to outscore the Predators by a 37-32 margin, and I won’t be afraid to celebrate this small victory.
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  • Just 1:15 into the hockey game, Cody Glass opened the scoring (1-0) on the first shot of the hockey game. If you’re going to try to give Campbell some credit, the shot went through some traffic before making it through the five-hole, but on the other hand… well… you know.
  • Ryan Johanson pulled the Preds within a goal (3-1) with a one-timer from the left circle after Philip Forsberg found him with a cross-ice pass that he was able to rip toward the net. The strange thing about the goal is that it went to the far post instead of the near side, as Campbell probably expected.
  • Dante Fabbro pulled the Preds back in it for the second time (4-3) with a snipe over Campbell’s glove after Trenin found him in the high slot with plenty of time and space to pick his shot.
  • Did anyone else see Connor McDavid break the stick on the PK only to get stuck on the ice without one? At the end of that play, he tried to block a shot with his hands, and if he ever does that again, I’m going to write a strongly worded letter to his parents. No, Connor. Not with your hands. Thank you.
  • Yes, I’m going to complain that the Oilers only won 48% of their faceoffs.
1ST PERIOD OIL PREDATORS

1:15

Nashville

Cody Glass (2)

Assists: Roman Josi (16), Colton Sissons (5)

1

8:19

Edmonton

Zach Hyman (11)

Assists: Evan Bouchard (9), Connor McDavid (31)

1

1

14:50

Edmonton

Zach Hyman (12)

Assists: Leon Draisaitl (28), Connor McDavid (32)

2

1

19:55

Edmonton

Leon Draisaitl (20) (Power Play)

Assists: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (20), Tyson Barrie (16)

3

1

2ND PERIOD OIL PREDATORS

3:22

Nashville

Ryan Johnson (8)

Assists: Filip Forsberg (16), Mark Jankowski (3)

3

2

4:19

Edmonton

Leon Draisaitl (21)

Assists: Zach Hyman (20), Connor McDavid (33)

4

2

9:53

Nashville

Dante Fabbro (1)

Assists: Yakov Trenin (4), Roman Josi (17)

4

3

18:55

Edmonton

Connor McDavid (26) (Power Play)

Assists: Leon Draisaitl (29), Tyson Barrie (17)

5

3

3. PERIOD OIL PREDATORS

17:23

Edmonton

Zach Hyman (1. 3) (empty net)

Assists: Leon Draisaitl (30), Cody Ceci (5)

6

3

Nick Alberga has covered the Leafs for a long time, so he had some pretty strong views on what’s going on with Jack Campbell right now. My guy pulled no punches to say the least. Subscribe to Better Lait Than Never for FREE on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and wherever else you get your podcasts!

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