Nashville Predators vs. Edmonton Oilers Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 1st 2022

Stadium: Rogers Place Edmonton
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Logo Edmonton Oilers
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MONEYLINE
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The Edmonton Oilers will eye a fifth straight win when they host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Edmonton has trailed in three of its past four wins, including Saturday's victory against the Calgary Flames in which they faced a 2-1 deficit in the third period.

"You don't like being behind, but I think we're one of the teams out there that can come from behind," forward Zach Hyman said after scoring twice against Calgary. "We have enough skill and our ability to score goals, we're confident in that. I think we're not deterred by a deficit. We don't like to be down, but when we're down, we have a lot of belief in the locker room that we can get back to even and win the game."

 

 


 

The Oilers have been among the NHL's best teams offensively, averaging 3.78 goals per game. Through nine games, they've been held to two goals or fewer only twice, both coming in losses (4-2 to the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 18 and 2-0 to the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 22).

While Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have unsurprisingly led the way, Edmonton is also getting the goods from Hyman, who is tied for third on the team with 11 points. His six goals rank second behind McDavid.

The Predators have struggled since returning from Prague, where they opened their season with a pair of wins against the San Jose Sharks. Nashville is 1-5-1 since and heads into Tuesday's tilt after a 3-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

The Predators' offense has yet to find its rhythm, held to one goal or fewer in four their past seven games. Overall, they rank near the bottom of the NHL with 22 goals scored through nine games, an average of 2.44 per game. Last season, the team finished tied for 12th with an average of 3.2 goals per game (262 total).

One contributing factor in their offensive struggles has been a woeful power play that has converted on only three of 36 opportunities thus far, a meager 8.3 percent success rate.

"We're always looking for solutions, and obviously the power play is one part of it," coach John Hynes said. "It's trying to find a way and find solutions where we can get that to be better. I think there's real capable guys on there and they've proven that they can be a dynamic power-play unit. But right now, it's not going in for them and I think that's where you got to have some -- I think some mental toughness and some stick-to-it-iveness, but also a collaboration.

"You know what needs to change and yield the areas that can be better ... The second part is going out and executing it at a high level."

It's been a slow start for Predators captain Roman Josi. After a remarkable 96 points (23 goals, 73 assists) last season, the defenseman has four points through nine games, three of which (one goal, two assists) came Oct. 27 in their win against the St. Louis Blues.

--Field Level Media

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Nashville Predators
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Edmonton Oilers

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Nashville Predators vs. Edmonton Oilers Recap NOV 1TH 2022

Leon Draisaitl had a goal and four assists to help the host Edmonton Oilers to a fifth straight win, 7-4 against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Connor McDavid had two goals and two assists, Evander Kane had a hat trick and Jack Campbell made 19 saves for the Oilers.

Filip Forsberg had a goal and two assists, Mikael Granlund had three assists and Matt Duchene had two assists for the Predators, who are 1-6-1 in their past eight games. Juuse Saros made 30 saves.

Mattias Ekholm gave Nashville a 1-0 lead 34 seconds into the first period. Duchene's pass attempt hit the skate of Oilers defenseman Cody Ceci and redirected to the front of the net. Campbell made the save but Ekholm was there to tap in the rebound.

Duchene's assist was the 400th of his NHL career.

Kane tied it 1-1 at 4:14. Draisaitl drove down the right wing before dishing a cross-ice backhand feed from the half wall to Kane, who cut to the net before sweeping a backhand by Saros.

They connected again to put Edmonton ahead 2-1 at 7:25, with Draisaitl sending a one-touch pass from the corner to Kane in the slot.

McDavid struck from the right circle 26 seconds later to push it to 3-1, becoming the first player this season to reach double-digit goals.

That prompted Predators coach John Hynes to call a timeout.

Derek Ryan extended it to 4-1 at 14:58 from the side of the net.

McDavid put one home in the top corner of the short side from the inner left circle on the power play to make it 5-1 at 7:26 of the second period.

Nashville got one back on the power play at 9:28 when Johansen redirected Roman Josi's shot in the slot to narrow it to 5-2.

Forsberg cut it to 5-3 on a one-timer from the left circle at 4:51 of the third period.

Draisaitl made it 6-3 with a one-timer on the power play at 8:55.

Nino Niederreiter converted on the power play to tighten it to 6-4 at 17:10.

Kane scored into an empty net at 18:23 to complete the hat trick and seal the 7-4 final.

--Field Level Media

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