Oilers on verge of historical past after beating Predators for sixteenth straight win

The Edmonton Oilers’ spectacular win streak has reached a candy 16.

Connor McDavid had a objective and three assists because the Oilers prolonged their franchise document run to 16 consecutive wins with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Leon Draisaitl had a objective and two assists and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman additionally scored for the Oilers (29-15-1) who turned simply the third group in NHL historical past to have a streak hit the 16 recreation mark — the Columbus Blue Jackets received 16 video games in 2016-17, and the Pittsburgh Penguins received a document 17 straight in 1992-93.

“It is particular,” Draisaitl mentioned. “It takes a variety of good efforts and a variety of good video games to get to that quantity. Now we have been a bit sloppy the final three video games however have clearly had some particular person performances which have gotten us the wins. You want that generally too. It has been an amazing stretch for us.”

The Oilers are actually 24-3-0 of their final 27 video games — the third group in NHL historical past to try this as properly — and have gone a franchise-record 14 consecutive video games permitting two or fewer objectives.

“It is thrilling, clearly it is an amazing run, clearly the goalies have performed nice,” McDavid mentioned. “This previous week wasn’t our greatest hockey and we discovered a option to get three wins, which is a good signal. We have gotten nice goaltending, the again finish has been good, the kill has been wonderful, these are all good issues.”

Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner made 29 saves to enhance to 19-2 in his final 21 begins.

“It has been actually spectacular,” Skinner mentioned of his group’s capacity to maintain the opposite group from scoring throughout the streak. “It has been a variety of enjoyable having the ability to be on the again finish of this stuff. We did every part we might to maintain the puck out of our web.”

Colton Sissons scored for the Predators (26-22-1), who’ve misplaced three of their final 4.

“I believed we outplayed them however sadly it does not matter when you do not get two factors,” Sissons mentioned. “It nonetheless hurts.”

Edmonton began the scoring eight minutes into the opening interval on the facility play as Nugent-Hopkins slid into the excessive slot and took a feed from Draisaitl earlier than unleashing a fast wrist shot that beat Predators goalie Kevin Lankinen for his twelfth objective of the season. McDavid picked up the opposite help to increase his house scoring streak to 18 video games.

Nashville had a number of stable probabilities within the first, none higher than on their very own energy play 4 minutes later when it seemed like Luke Evangelista had a positive objective, solely to see Skinner give you an enormous blocker save.

Draisaitl collects 800th profession level

The Oilers’ energy play got here by means of once more with simply over eight minutes remaining within the center body as McDavid despatched it throughout to Draisaitl who unleashed a depraved one-timer for his twenty third. The objective was Draisaitl’s 800th profession level, making him the fourth-fastest participant to succeed in the milestone, doing so in 683 video games.

Edmonton gave itself a little bit of a cushion halfway by means of the third as McDavid picked the puck up in site visitors and went to swing behind the web earlier than banking the puck off of Lankinen’s bottom from behind the objective line for his twentieth.

Nashville lastly ended Skinner’s shutout bid with 6:33 to play within the third throughout a scramble in entrance of the Edmonton web as Sissons batted in a unfastened puck for his thirteenth of the season. It was the primary objective Edmonton had allowed in 158 minutes of play.

Edmonton regained its three-goal edge with three minutes left to play as Hyman was in a position to rating his thirtieth of the season into an empty web.

“I believed we performed a very good recreation 5-on-5,” mentioned Nashville head coach Andrew Brunette. “Some self-infliction once more tonight with careless penalties and the very best energy play and the very best participant on the planet made us pay.

“I believed we created sufficient to win the sport however I believe we form of gave up a bit bit an excessive amount of. The penalties and the power-play objectives actually damage.”

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