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Edmonton Oilers vs. Ottawa Senators Pick & Prediction APR 8TH 2021

FinishedTV: TSN-5 | Sportsnet | RDSCanadian Tire Centre Ottawa

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Ottawa Senators Recap APR 8TH 2021

Josh Currie's first two career assists helped the visiting Edmonton Oilers to a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

The Oilers have won three of their last five (3-1-1) games, rebounding to top the Senators just a day after Edmonton dropped a 6-2 loss in Toronto. The Oilers' hopes of reaching the playoffs are still faint, though they move within seven points of a wild card spot in the Western Conference.

Ottawa lost its sixth straight game and has only a 3-13-0 record over its last 16 games.

Playing in his just sixth career NHL game, Currie recorded assists on both the Oilers' first goal of the night, and then on Colby Cave's game-winner.

At 1:46 of the third period, Currie picked up a turnover near the Senators' blue line and then fired a well-placed pass to Cave in front of the Ottawa net. The goal was Cave's first in an Edmonton jersey, playing in his 15th game for the club since being claimed off waivers from the Bruins on Jan. 15.

The Senators opened the scoring 13:59 into the first period. Chris Tierney snapped his 18-game scoreless drought by getting the final touch on a scramble for the puck in front of Edmonton's net.

At 6:47 of the second period, Currie sent a puck from behind the net that bounced off a defenseman's skate to Connor McDavid. The Oilers captain made a canny close-range move to beat Craig Anderson for McDavid's 33rd goal of the season.

Sam Gagner scored later in the period to put Edmonton ahead. The goal was Gagner's third in seven games since being traded from Vancouver on Feb. 16.

The Senators narrowed the deficit thanks to an unlikely source, as Mark Borowiecki scored 7:15 into the third period. It was Borowiecki's first goal since Feb. 22, 2018, ending a span of 61 scoreless games for the veteran defenseman.

Zack Kassian converted an empty-net goal for the Oilers' final score of the game.

Leon Draisaitl recorded an assist to extend his points streak to nine games. It was Draisaitl's 78th point of the season, establishing a new career high for the center.

Mikko Koskinen made his ninth straight start for the Oilers, stopping 35 of 37 shots to earn the win. It was a solid bounce-back outing for Koskinen, who was pulled after allowing four goals on his first 16 shots in Wednesday's loss to the Maple Leafs.

--Field Level Media


Kailer Yamamoto, Devin Shore and Jesse Puljujarvi each scored goals Thursday as the visiting Edmonton Oilers earned a 3-1 victory to finish off a perfect 9-0-0 regular season against the Ottawa Senators.

Shore's go-ahead score came from just in front of the Senators' goal with 7:02 remaining when he redirected Caleb Jones's shot from near the blue line through the legs of Senators goaltender Anton Forsberg.

Goaltender Mike Smith had 39 saves as the Oilers defeated the Senators for the second consecutive night. A night after Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid recorded four points each, the dynamic duo combined for just four shots on goal, all from McDavid.

Connor Brown scored a goal for the Senators to extend his NHL-best active scoring streak to six games. Forsberg had 20 saves for Ottawa.

Determined not to go winless against the Oilers in the season finale between the teams, the Senators kept the potent Edmonton offense in check during a scoreless first period. The Senators took 10 shots in the opening 20 minutes to just five for the Oilers.

The Oilers struck first for a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal from Yamamoto but that initial score did not come until the 11-minute mark of the second period.

Getting a chance to operate on the Oilers' man advantage, Yamamoto scored his eighth of the season when he cleaned up a loose puck in the crease that Forsberg was unable to find. McDavid ended up with his NHL-leading 46th assist on the play, while Tyson Barrie picked up his 30th.

The Senators tied the score 1-1 with 1:57 remaining in the second period when Brown scored his 12th of the season to extend his goal streak. Chris Tierney delivered a back pass to Brown, who scored from near the left face-off circle.

Puljujarvi scored an empty-net goal from center ice with just under 10 seconds remaining, his ninth.

The last-place Senators, who kept up their energy throughout, had a 26-13 advantage on shots through two periods and finished with a 40-23 advantage for the game.

--Field Level Media

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  • Winnipeg L 3 - 2
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  • Edmonton L 3 - 1
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Last Meetings

  • Oilers @ Senators 3-1
  • Oilers @ Senators 4-2
  • Senators @ Oilers 2-6
  • Senators @ Oilers 1-7
  • Senators @ Oilers 2-3
  • Oilers @ Senators 3-2
  • Oilers @ Senators 3-1
  • Senators @ Oilers 2-4
  • Senators @ Oilers 5-8
  • Senators @ Oilers 5-2

Eastern Conference

Florida Panthers3012363 16-0-414-0-8152126L16-0-3
Tampa Bay Lightning3014161 17-0-613-0-8153121L15-0-5
Toronto Maple Leafs2812561 14-0-714-0-5147120L46-0-2
Boston Bruins2612456 14-0-612-0-6127110L27-0-2
Montreal Canadiens1915644 10-0-109-0-5126123L23-0-7
Detroit Red Wings1625537 10-0-106-0-15107153L34-0-4
Ottawa Senators1626335 9-0-107-0-16126166L14-0-6
Buffalo Sabres1227428 5-0-157-0-12111156L15-0-4

Western Conference

Colorado Avalanche309363 18-0-412-0-5154101L19-0-1
Minnesota Wild2813258 17-0-411-0-9137117L27-0-2
Winnipeg Jets2715155 11-0-716-0-8144120L16-0-3
Nashville Predators2521151 14-0-911-0-12126132L26-0-4
Chicago Blackhawks2120345 11-0-810-0-12129144L15-0-5
Dallas Stars1914644 12-0-67-0-8130113L26-0-2
St. Louis Blues1918442 7-0-1012-0-8124135L23-0-6

Eastern Conference

Carolina Hurricanes3010363 16-0-314-0-7146108L16-0-2
Washington Capitals2913260 14-0-615-0-7163141L16-0-4
New York Islanders2913361 19-0-210-0-11133106L27-0-3
Pittsburgh Penguins2914260 17-0-312-0-11159132L16-0-3
New York Rangers2317450 11-0-712-0-10152124L16-0-2
Philadelphia Flyers2018343 9-0-1011-0-8128162L23-0-4
Columbus Blue Jackets1524636 8-0-87-0-16117163L71-0-8
New Jersey Devils1425230 4-0-1710-0-8115157L71-0-9

Western Conference

Vegas Golden Knights3211064 17-0-415-0-7150100L18-0-2
Edmonton Oilers2715256 14-0-813-0-7141121L16-0-2
Arizona Coyotes2021343 11-0-99-0-12123146L14-0-6
Calgary Flames1923240 10-0-109-0-13118133L24-0-6
San Jose Sharks1822238 8-0-1010-0-12120152L63-0-6
Vancouver Canucks1718236 10-0-97-0-9103122L36-0-3
Los Angeles Kings1620537 7-0-99-0-11114127L23-0-7
Anaheim Ducks1425533 5-0-169-0-9103147L23-0-6

Last Injuries

Ottawa Senators

  • Braydon Coburn

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Coburn has been added to the COVID-19 Protocol list, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Nikita Zaitsev

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Zaitsev missed the last game with an undisclosed injury, and it is unclear if he will be active versus the Canadiens on Saturday.

  • Austin Watson

    Late April | I-R

    Watson has been placed on the injured reserve list with a broken hand, and he is expected to miss four to six weeks.

  • Colin White

    Upper Body
    Prob Mon | probable

    White has been activated from the injured reserve list after recovering from an upper-body injury, and he is projected to take on the Jets on Monday.

  • Erik Gudbranson

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Gudbranson has missed the last two games for the birth of his child, and it is unknown if he will be available for Thursday's game versus the Oilers.

Edmonton Oilers

  • Jujhar Khaira

    Upper Body
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Khaira exited the previous game with an upper-body injury, and it is unknown if he will be active against the Canadiens on Wednesday.

  • Alex Chiasson

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Chaisson sat out the previous game with an undefined injury, and it is unknown if he will take on the Jets on Saturday.

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Nugent-Hopkins has wound up on the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury, and a timetable for recovery has yet to be established.