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[GAME RECAP] Oilers 3, Predators 4 (OT)

Edmonton continues their streak of getting exactly and precisely what they deserve in OT loss to the Predators.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The aggressively disappointing Edmonton Oilers (17-14-1, 4th Pacific), fresh off an inexcusable loss against the lowly Anaheim Ducks, were in Nashville — yes, again — to take on the similarly lowly and equally disappointing Nashville Predators (12-13-4, 6th Central). The Preds have lost 6 on the bounce themselves, so Monday night’s matchup had all the makings of a game you’d happily make other plans during. As the poor, unfortunate soul tagged with recapping this game: lucky me.

First Period

The hosts went ahead within the first few minutes through Mattias Ekholm, who was in the right place at the right time to clean up a juicy rebound kicked out by Jack Campbell. Leon Draisaitl was apparently on the ice but you’d need a wide angle lens from well up high to capture an image with both he and his check in it.


A couple of shifts later, the Oilers found a bit of life thanks to Warren Foegele drawing the game’s first penalty on Cole Smith. I don’t know who that is either. Apparently they traded him for Ethan Bear. I’m kidding.

The power play came and went but, as the second unit was still on the ice with the penalty expiring, our very own bison royalty found his way back to the throne:

1-1. LFG.

Frankly I was so happy for JP, the rest of the period was a blur. Things happened. Everybody laughed. Everybody cried. Everybody kung fu fought. What a wonderful world. Score remained 1-1 after 20 minutes with Nashville carrying a 14-10 edge on the shot clock into the break.

Second Period

It took Nashville just over 3 minutes to restore their lead. Immediately off of a draw to Campbell’s right, Jordan Gross threw a puck toward net. Well, 3 feet wide to be precise, but it ricocheted off of Tyson Barrie’s left hip and past a bewildered Campbell.


On the very next shift, Ekholm broke in on a 2v1 and tested Campbell, and then, for some inexplicable reason outside of sports betting and its obvious repercussions to players in too deep, Filip Forsberg took a goaltender interference penalty. Then Connor McDavid did what he does, and set up Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in tight to tie the game:

2-2. LFG.

On the next shift, Cody Ceci took the Oilers’ first penalty of the game after high sticking Mikael Granlund. The Oilers killed it off without incident, and then began to find their footing at 5v5 for really the first time all game. They kind of dominated the next few minutes, but unfortunately took another penalty through Klim Kostin’s slash on Matt Duchene. This time the Preds PP was able to break through thanks to Duchene himself.


Edmonton had the better of the remainder of the period, but as it was the other night against the Ducks, it was a case of too little too late. Fortunately, and unlike the other night against the Ducks, there was time left to turn it around. Fingies crossed.

2-3 after 40 minutes, with both times tied at 23 SOGs each.

Third Period

The Oilers found themselves back on the power play less than 2 minutes into the period thanks to Ryan Johansen high sticking Warren Foegele. Enter Ryan Nugent-Hopkins:

3-3. LFG.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy an Oilers goal as much as the next fan, but it sure would be exciting and different to see a couple at 5v5 in the same game, wouldn’t it? Or even a few? Imagine?

Anyway, Nashville carried the play for the next couple of shifts, but Jack Campbell made arguably his best two saves as an Oiler to keep the game level. One with his glove and the other with his left leg. Important. Crucial, even. As crucial as it can get for a basically 0.500 team playing in Nashville on a Monday night, anyway.

The rest of the period played out with the two teams trading half chances and and almosts, but neither side was able to find the GWG and I’d wager that, by game’s end, Edmonton was the happier team to hear the buzzer and secure the point.

Unwanted Opinion

Game aside, which was as underwhelming as has been the entire season, why in the Copper and Blue fuck does Bob Nicholson still have a job here? Why are Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl still playing together? The team is already down Evander Kane and Ryan McLeod, two important pieces in terms of their F depth — Janmark is playing in the top six after all — and the solution is to further shrink their depth?! It makes absolutely zero sense to me.

What happened to the Jay Woodcroft of Spring 2022?!

Ooooo, Fancy

5v5 Corsi +/- Chart
5v5 Corsi +/-
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