Oilers can't get lulled into bye week slumber
How hard do you work on the Friday afternoon before your vacation? If you’re like most people, the answer is not very. Your brain is already on the beach and it’s counting down the hours until the body can join it. That’s a trap the Edmonton Oilers say they aren’t worried about falling into when they host the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday in the last game before their bye week. A lot of the players will be bound for sunny destinations Sunday morning, but with an important Pacific Division opponent in town, they promise there is no danger of losing focus. “That’s part of being a professional and an NHL player,” said Oscar Klefbom.
EDMONTON , Alberta -- Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist and the Edmonton Oilers beat Nashville took the lead with four minutes left in the opening period when they caught the Oilers on a bad Draisaitl ' s 3-point game lifts Oilers past Predators 4 - 2 . Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an
Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist, Connor McDavid had three assists, and Mike Smith made 30 saves for Edmonton (25-18-5), which is 6-3-1 Draisaitl scored into an empty net with 49 seconds remaining in the third period on the power play for the 4 - 2 final. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave the Oilers
EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers finally solved the riddle that the Nashville Predators have posed in recent years.
Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist as the Oilers emerged with a 4-2 victory over the Predators on Tuesday.
The Predators came into the game with a 14-1 record against Edmonton since Oct. 29, 2014. In that time, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne had won 12 consecutive starts, but he was outplayed by Mike Smith in the Edmonton net on the night.
“The second half of the season, the points matter more,” said Smith, who made 30 saves for his fourth straight win in net. “Everything gets amplified, and as you creep towards playoffs you want to be playing your best hockey.
Draisaitl weighs in on his play as of late
Edmonton Oilers star Leon Draisaitl was as blunt as possible when talking about his recent slump. "I can't speak for them (teammates), I can only talk for myself, and obviously I know I've been pretty sh*t lately," Draisaitl said to reporters on Monday, per TSN. "It happens, those stretches, they happen. Maybe it's a little too long for myself, but you know tomorrow's a new day.
The Edmonton Oilers lost 3- 2 in a shootout to the Nashville Predators ! Here' s my game breakdown as Leon Draisaitl puts up a two goal performance and Mikko
Elias Lindholm scored two goals , including the eventual game-winner, as the Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl each earned two points and Mike Smith made 35 saves, spurring the Oilers past the Canadiens, 4 - 2 . edmontonoilers .com is the official Web site of the Edmonton Oilers .
“I love the second part of the season, playing big games and helping the team get big wins.”
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Josh Archibald also scored and Connor McDavid picked up three assists for the Oilers (25-18-5), who have gone 5-1-1 in their last seven outings.
“We went with the mindset that we wanted to check for our success today,” said Oilers head coach Dave Tippett. “We wanted to check hard all the way through the ice.
“We wanted to stay on our toes and keep moving and we checked well and it ended up in the right spot for us.”
Filip Forsberg and Colin Blackwell replied for the Predators (21-17-7), who saw a two-game winning streak ended.
“It was a tough loss for sure,” Rinne said. “I thought it was a big game for both teams. I thought we gave it a good effort at the end and tried to get the game tied up, but it didn’t happen.”
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The Oilers didn't show cold feet against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night at Rogers Place, winning 4 - 2 on the back of a pair of goals from Leon Draisaitl and 30 saves from goaltender Mike Smith. Video: POST-GAME RAW | Draisaitl 01.14.20.
Leading 2-1, the Avalanche nearly cemented the game midway through the third with the puck rolling toward Zadorov was credited with the first of Colorado' s two opening-period goals when his cross-ice Draisaitl ' s 3-point game lifts Oilers past Predators 4 - 2 . Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an
Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring for Edmonton nine minutes into the first period when he sent a wrist shot up high past Rinne off a face-off win. It was Nugent-Hopkins's 13th goal of the season and his sixth in the last seven games.
The Predators responded two minutes later on a beautiful goal by Forsberg, who came from behind the net and lifted the puck up lacrosse-style to bank it off Smith and in for his 16th of the campaign.
“It’s something that I’ve tried a couple of times,” Forsberg said. “It’s cool that it went in, but it would have been a lot better if we would have won.”
Nashville took the lead with four minutes left in the opening frame as they caught the Oilers on a bad line change, allowing Nick Bonino to make a nice feed to Blackwell, who notched his second career NHL goal.
Edmonton pulled even with 18 seconds left in the first on the power play as Draisaitl chipped in a rebound.
Positive signs for Oilers despite blown lead, loss to Sabres
The Edmonton Oilers were frustrated with the blown lead and eventual overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, but there were a couple of positive takeaways that could help them going forward. The post Nylander scores twice as Maple Leafs beat Jets appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.Then overtime came along in Buffalo, and neither player gave the Edmonton Oilers what they had asked for from themselves.
Garland raised his team- leading goal total to 16. Game notes Marleau appeared his 832nd consecutive game. D Brent Burns, who missed time in the team’ s previous game with a Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Nashville Predators 4 - 2 on Tuesday night.
Nashville Predators at Edmonton Oilers 7 pm., SportsNet, 630 CHED.Five Things to Watch1. Josh Archibald, mainly a fourth-line, energy, penalty-killer, might get a look there after doing it in spots in the past . As coach Dave Tippett says there’ s no shortage of guys who want to play with McDavid.
The Oilers surged back ahead just before the midmark of the second period as McDavid fed it across to Archibald, who lifted it over a sprawling Rinne.
Draisaitl's goal into an empty net put the game away for in the final minute. The backhander was his 27th goal of the season.
The Predators return home to face the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, while the Oilers are off until Saturday, when they host the Arizona Coyotes.
Notes: It was the first of three meetings this season between the two teams, who will play again on Feb. 8 at Rogers Place in Edmonton before the season series concludes in Nashville on March 2… With Zack Kassian serving the first of a two-game suspension for an altercation with Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, Archibald moved up to Edmonton's top line with McDavid.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 14, 2020.
Shane Jones, The Canadian Press
Oilers surge past Bruins for 4-1 victory .
Edmonton goalie Mike Smith took a deep sigh when asked how it felt to finally get a victory. The Oilers had a little bit of help from the Boston Bruins, too.Darnell Nurse and Gaetan Haas each had a second-period goal off poor Boston plays, Connor McDavid added an insurance score in the third after being stopped twice by Jaroslav Halak and the Oilers beat the Bruins 4-1 on Saturday.© Provided by The Canadian PressSmith made 35 saves for his first victory since Nov. 23rd as Edmonton won for the second time in five games (2-2-1). Leon Draisaitl added an empty-net goal.