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LIVE GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Predators

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
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PRE-GAME NOTES

Forward Lines:

Hall - Draisaitl - Purcell
Yakupov - Pouliot - Eberle
Hendricks - Lander - Korpikoski
Kassian - Letestu - Pakarinen

Defensive Pairings:

Sekera - Fayne
Nurse - Schultz
Reinhart - Gryba

Goal:

Talbot

Oilers Depth Chart >>

Scratches: McDavid (collarbone), Ference (hip), Klefbom (lower body), Nugent-Hopkins (hand), Davidson (undisclosed), Klinkhammer, Gazdic, Hunt

Oilers Injury Report >>



FIRST PERIOD

20:00: Tonight's game is now underway.

14:54: Shots on goal just past the five-minute mark were 5-3 for Edmonton.

10:38: The first power play of the game went to the Oilers after James Neal took a penalty for slashing Iiro Pakarinen.

8:23: Predators killed off that penalty. Shots now 7-6 Edmonton.

8:06: Leon Draisaitl drove to the slot then backhanded a rolling puck past Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne to get the Oilers on the board first. | EDM 1, NSH 0

6:24: Only 92 seconds later, Nashville struck to tie the game. Mattias Ekholm's shot along the ice during a scramble in front of the net went through the legs of Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot. | EDM 1, NSH 1



1:32: Shots are now even at nine apiece.

6.7: Iiro Pakarinen received two minutes for hooking with only seven seconds to go in the opening frame.

0.0: Shots finished 9-9 after 20 minutes. Predators will have 1:53 of power play time to open period two.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00: Period two has begun. Oilers have 1:53 left to kill off for Pakarinen's penalty.

18:12: With six seconds left in the power play, Nashville struck for another weird goal by Mattias Ekholm. Ekholm's shot was stopped by Talbot but the puck somehow found a way to squirt loose and into the net. | NSH 2, EDM 1

17:00: Shots now 10-9 for the Preds.

15:34: Griffin Reinhart had two great chances to score, firing a shot from the top of the left circle and then his own rebound but Rinne was equal to the task.

9:29: Shots are now 14-13 for Nashville.

6:25: Ryan Johansen took a roughing penalty, giving the Oilers their second power play of the game. 

4:10: Nashville killed it off; Oilers didn't get a shot during the man advantage.

1:01: Sekera has a great chance to score during a mad scramble in front and Rinne down and out but his shot is blocked by one of the numerous bodies sprawled out over the ice.

16.2: Eric Gryba and James Neal each get two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct after some pushing and shoving around the net caused tensions to flare on both sides. Result is four-on-four hockey.

0.0: Shots after two periods were 18-15 for Edmonton.

THIRD PERIOD

20:00: The third period has begun. The two teams will play 1:43 of four-on-four hockey to start it off.

19:08: Only 52 seconds into the third, Nashville struck to extend their lead to two. Shea Weber spotted Mike Fisher in front who redirected Weber's feed past Talbot to make it 3-1 visitors. | NSH 3, EDM 1



16:43: Shots are now even at 18-18.

16:11: Eric Nystrom was sent off for slashing, giving the Oilers a chance to get back into the game on the power play.

13:36: Predators killed it off. Shots now 19-19. 

11:49: Kassian broke in alone behind the Preds D but couldn't get a shot off as he was being impeded from behind.

5:56: Reinhart had another great chance on a three-on-two rush. His shot from the high slot was gloved by Rinne.

4:50: Benoit Pouliot gets a penalty for elbowing.

35.5: Forsberg added an empty-net goal to ice this one. | NSH 4, EDM 1

0.0: Shot count ends completely even at 25-25.


LIVE POST-GAME

Watch live post-game interviews from the Oilers and Predators dressing rooms following tonight's game (click here to view directly in YouTube with live chat):






 
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