The Edmonton Oilers make it 16 straight wins against the Predators – Edmonton
The Edmonton Oilers extended their winning streak to 16 games with a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators Saturday afternoon at Rogers Place.
“It took a lot of good efforts–a lot of good games to get to that number,” Leon Draisaitl said after the game.
“We don’t talk about it in the room,” Oilers Head Coach Kris Knoblauch said. “Maybe it’s in our minds a little bit, but as boring as it sounds, we’re taking it one game at a time and we’re worried about who our next opposition will be.”
They are tied with the 2016-17 Columbus Blue Jackets for the second-longest winning streak in league history. The record 17 game winning streak was held by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Oilers scored first when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins snipped a power play goal with 12:05 left in the frame. The Predators had a glorious chance to tie it with a man advantage of their own, but Stuart Skinner came up with a monumental blocker out of Luke Evangelista.
The teams exchanged several good scoring chances in the first few minutes of the second period. Dylan Holloway made a bold net drive on the right side but was unable to get the puck past Kevin Lankinen. Filip Forsberg grabbed the goalmouth and shot across the net, but he rolled a backhand to the right and wide.
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Later in the second, Draisaitl drained a power play one-timer for his 800th career point.
“It was nice to score some on the power play,” Connor McDavid said. “This is an area that is probably our weakest at this stage, and we know that it can change games and be a great asset for us – as we have shown in previous years.”
Skinner was solid again six minutes into the third with a blocker save on Cody Glass. He then denied Luke Schenn a little more than a minute after Schenn stepped in from the point.
“Stuart is very good and obviously confident and the guys definitely feel good when he plays,” Knoblauch said.
McDavid made it 3-0 with 10:48 left by firing a shot past Lankinen from behind the net. Colton Scissons finally put the Preds on the board with 6:35 left. The Oilers went 158 minutes without allowing a goal.
The Predators kept pushing but Zach Hyman put it into an empty netter–his 30th goal of the season.
Skinner made 29 saves for his 12th straight win.
The Oilers return to action on Tuesday, February 6, when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights (630 CHED, Face-off Show at 6:30 p.m., game at 8 p.m.).
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