Predators 3, Oilers 2

Notes:

  • There were no signs of the slow-out-of-the-gate, first-goal-allowing team we’ve been seeing throughout the early season. The Predators were absolutely dominant in the first period, leading the shot count 17-6 and netting three goals while allowing none. Edmonton switched out goalies in the intermission and while the Preds led the shot count 11-8 in the second, they weren’t able to capitalize and allowed two unanswered starting with a Benoit Pouliot goal just 31 seconds in. Nashville’s momentum steadily petered out through the second and third periods but they were able to hold on for the 3-2 victory, their third in a row.
  • You don’t see a lot of goals scored without the player touching the ice. Matt Cullen proved he does not give up on a play by scoring with a fully horizontal flying Superman backhander.
  • Prince Filip extended his point streak to six games, netting a goal and an assist in the first period. The rookie now has seven goals and ten assists on the season, tying him for fifth in the league in points. He also leads all skaters in the league with a +17 plus-minus.
  • The Preds are now 10-3-2 on the season (4-1-1 at home) and are back atop the central division with 22 points. The St. Louis Blues are nipping at their heels in the standings, and will be looking for revenge when Nashville heads back to St. Louis Thursday for a rematch of last Saturday’s game, which the Preds took 2-1. Puck drops at 7.

 

About Evan Lewis

Evan is a native Memphian who drinks bourbon and works in advertising by day and drinks bourbon and watches hockey by night. He does not have a legitimate opinion on whether fighting should be allowed in hockey but knows that he thoroughly enjoys it.

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