Draisaitl's 3-point game lifts Oilers past Predators 4-2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Edmonton has a lousy record against the Nashville Predators. Leon Draisaitl and Mike Smith helped the Oilers take a step toward changing that Tuesday night.

Draisaitl had two goals and an assist and the Oilers beat the Nashville Predators 4-2.

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. ''Everything gets amplified, and as you creep towards playoffs you want to be playing your best hockey.

''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, who are 5-1-1 in their last seven.

''We went with the mindset that we wanted to check for our success today,'' Oilers head coach Dave Tippett said. ''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 scored for Nashville, which had its two-game winning streak halted.

''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.''

Nugent-Hopkins opened 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 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, and banked it in off Smith for his 16th of the season.

''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 period when they caught the Oilers on a bad line change. That allowed 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.

The Oilers surged back midway through 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 in the final minute. The backhander was his 27th goal of the season.

NOTES: It was the first of three meetings between the teams, who will play again on Feb. 8 at Rogers Place in Edmonton before the season series concludes in Nashville on March 2. ... The Predators have had nothing but success against the Oilers in recent years, coming into the game with a 14-1 record against Edmonton since Oct. 29, 2014. In that time, Rinne had won 12 consecutive starts. ... 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.

UP NEXT

Predators: Host Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.

Oilers: Host Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

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123T
NSH21-17-7
2002
EDM25-18-5
2114
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
V. Arvidsson RW00020/0017:021
C. Blackwell C10110/0014:092
N. Bonino C01017/5014:050
A. Carrier D00020/0011:281
M. Duchene C01119/5014:501
M. Ekholm D00-220/0025:483
D. Fabbro D00-210/0019:300
F. Forsberg LW10080/0016:501
M. Granlund RW00000/1215:570
R. Grimaldi LW00-130/0211:541
D. Hamhuis D00000/0012:573
C. Jarnkrok LW00021/0017:051
R. Johansen C00-1115/9018:072
R. Josi D00220/0028:112
C. Smith RW00-120/0011:290
Y. Trenin LW00010/0012:023
K. Turris C00105/5015:542
Y. Weber D01230/0217:570
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Archibald RW10010/0015:524
E. Bear D00-120/0021:562
A. Chiasson RW01030/0012:250
L. Draisaitl C210513/17022:391
S. Gagner RW00021/0012:040
G. Haas C00010/3009:050
C. Jones D00110/0011:060
O. Klefbom D01020/0028:330
A. Larsson D00100/0021:201
C. McDavid C03-146/6022:061
J. Neal LW00000/0214:070
R. Nugent-Hopkins LW10150/1020:330
D. Nurse D00-140/0221:225
J. Nygard LW00001/0009:060
K. Russell D00000/0013:152
P. Russell RW00020/0010:464
R. Sheahan C00004/10012:450
K. Yamamoto RW00000/0215:404
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Rinne (L)313280.90359:45
GOALIESSA
P. Rinne (L)31
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Smith (W)322300.93859:16
GOALIESSA
M. Smith (W)32
GOAL Leon Draisaitl (Empty net shot), Assist: Connor McDavid
NSH:GoalsShots
EDM:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • EDM
      19:11(PP) GOAL Leon Draisaitl (Empty net shot), Assist: Connor McDavid
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • EDM
      09:09GOAL Josh Archibald (Wrist shot), Assists: Connor McDavid and Oscar Klefbom
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • EDM
      19:42(PP) GOAL Leon Draisaitl (Snap shot), Assists: Alex Chiasson and Connor McDavid
    • NSH
      15:41GOAL Colin Blackwell (Tip-in shot), Assists: Nick Bonino and Yannick Weber
    • NSH
      10:42GOAL Filip Forsberg (Backhand shot), Assist: Matt Duchene
    • EDM
      09:01GOAL Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Wrist shot), Assist: Leon Draisaitl
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • NSH
      18:37Bench penalty Too Many Men on the Ice - 2 min., served by Calle Jarnkrok
    • NSH
      11:42Rocco Grimaldi penalty Interference - 2 min.
    • EDM
      08:26Kailer Yamamoto penalty Interference - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • EDM
      18:13James Neal penalty Slashing - 2 min.
    • NSH
      17:52Mikael Granlund penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • NSH
      18:51Yannick Weber penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    • EDM
      13:01Darnell Nurse penalty Tripping - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
NSH
EDM
Shots on Goal3232
Goals in Power Play02
Faceoff Wins3725
Penalties43
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties43
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
NSH
Shots on Goal32
Goals in Power Play0
Faceoff Wins37
Penalties4
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties4
Misconducts0
123T
NSH21-17-7
2002
EDM25-18-5
2114
STARS OF THE GAME
6.3%SHOT %12.5%
0.875%SAVE %0.938%
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
V. Arvidsson RW00020/0017:021
C. Blackwell C10110/0014:092
N. Bonino C01017/5014:050
A. Carrier D00020/0011:281
M. Duchene C01119/5014:501
M. Ekholm D00-220/0025:483
D. Fabbro D00-210/0019:300
F. Forsberg LW10080/0016:501
M. Granlund RW00000/1215:570
R. Grimaldi LW00-130/0211:541
D. Hamhuis D00000/0012:573
C. Jarnkrok LW00021/0017:051
R. Johansen C00-1115/9018:072
R. Josi D00220/0028:112
C. Smith RW00-120/0011:290
Y. Trenin LW00010/0012:023
K. Turris C00105/5015:542
Y. Weber D01230/0217:570
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Archibald RW10010/0015:524
E. Bear D00-120/0021:562
A. Chiasson RW01030/0012:250
L. Draisaitl C210513/17022:391
S. Gagner RW00021/0012:040
G. Haas C00010/3009:050
C. Jones D00110/0011:060
O. Klefbom D01020/0028:330
A. Larsson D00100/0021:201
C. McDavid C03-146/6022:061
J. Neal LW00000/0214:070
R. Nugent-Hopkins LW10150/1020:330
D. Nurse D00-140/0221:225
J. Nygard LW00001/0009:060
K. Russell D00000/0013:152
P. Russell RW00020/0010:464
R. Sheahan C00004/10012:450
K. Yamamoto RW00000/0215:404
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Rinne (L)313280.90359:45
GOALIESSA
P. Rinne (L)31
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Smith (W)322300.93859:16
GOALIESSA
M. Smith (W)32
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
NSH21-17-7
2002
EDM25-18-5
2114
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
V. Arvidsson RW00020/0017:021
C. Blackwell C10110/0014:092
N. Bonino C01017/5014:050
A. Carrier D00020/0011:281
M. Duchene C01119/5014:501
M. Ekholm D00-220/0025:483
D. Fabbro D00-210/0019:300
F. Forsberg LW10080/0016:501
M. Granlund RW00000/1215:570
R. Grimaldi LW00-130/0211:541
D. Hamhuis D00000/0012:573
C. Jarnkrok LW00021/0017:051
R. Johansen C00-1115/9018:072
R. Josi D00220/0028:112
C. Smith RW00-120/0011:290
Y. Trenin LW00010/0012:023
K. Turris C00105/5015:542
Y. Weber D01230/0217:570
Total2303237/258-23
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Archibald RW10010/0015:524
E. Bear D00-120/0021:562
A. Chiasson RW01030/0012:250
L. Draisaitl C210513/17022:391
S. Gagner RW00021/0012:040
G. Haas C00010/3009:050
C. Jones D00110/0011:060
O. Klefbom D01020/0028:330
A. Larsson D00100/0021:201
C. McDavid C03-146/6022:061
J. Neal LW00000/0214:070
R. Nugent-Hopkins LW10150/1020:330
D. Nurse D00-140/0221:225
J. Nygard LW00001/0009:060
K. Russell D00000/0013:152
P. Russell RW00020/0010:464
R. Sheahan C00004/10012:450
K. Yamamoto RW00000/0215:404
Total4603225/376-24
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Rinne (L)313280.90359:45
GOALIESSA
P. Rinne (L)31
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Smith (W)322300.93859:16
GOALIESSA
M. Smith (W)32
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123T
NSH21-17-7
2002
EDM25-18-5
2114
TEAM STATS
3.92
GF AVG
3.74
GA AVG
.68
Power Play
3.30
GF AVG
3.42
GA AVG
.95
Power Play
All times are US/Eastern.