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Under the Scope: Oilers vs Predators

by Ryan Frankson / Edmonton Oilers

Magnus Paajarvi scored on the power play, Lennart Petrell tallied a shorthanded goal and Jordan Eberle closed it out even strength as the Oilers edged the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Sunday night at Rexall Place. Devan Dubnyk turned aside 29 shots between the Edmonton pipes as the home team has now earned seven of eight points in their last four games.

Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:

With the score tied 1-1 as the midway point of the third period approached, the Predators were looking to enter the Oilers zone. Craig Smith tried to take the puck over the blue line and was crushed by Oilers defenceman Mark Fistric. Edmonton scored a pair of goals shortly thereafter en route to the win.

4 Oilers players with shorthanded goals this season (Ryan Smyth, Jeff Petry, Magnus Paajarvi, Lennart Petrell)
6 Points for Sam Gagner in his last four games, maintaining his team scoring lead with 27 points
10 Games between goals for Jordan Eberle with his previous tally coming all the way back in the Oilers last game before their road trip on February 23 versus Phoenix
5 Hits for Lennart Petrell to lead all skaters on Sunday
60 Faceoff percentage for sophomore centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Devan Dubnyk
29 31 2 60:00 0.936

Jordan Eberle
1 1 2 0 +1

Taylor Hall
0 1 1 0 0

Pekka Rinne
18 21 3 57:25 0.857


Devan Dubnyk
29 31 2 60:00 0.935

Shea Weber - D

25:19 - 0 PTS, E rating

Jeff Petry - D

23:30 - 1 PTS, +1 rating

The Oilers were killing off Justin Schultz's delay of game penalty when Sam Gagner won a race to a loose puck in the neutral zone, broke in on a two-on-one with Lennart Petrell and fed the Finn a perfect one-timer to make it 2-1 Edmonton.

Jordan Eberle scored the eventual game-winning goal for his seventh of the season in the latter stages of the third period and also set up Magnus Paajarvi's power-play marker in the opening frame, giving him a two-point night. Eberle became the third Oilers player to reach 20 points on the season.

Amidst a dominant offensive performance by the Oilers in the third period, goalie Devan Dubnyk held down the fort on the other end of the rink, quietly finishing the game with 29 saves en route to his eighth victory of the season.

Sunday's game marked the eighth time this season the Oilers were tied with their opponents after two periods of play. Remarkably, they ended up losing the first seven of those games, finally snapping that streak against Nashville.

"There's been a different swagger, a different belief."

– Head Coach Ralph Krueger on the Oilers current 3-0-1 stretch that started in Chicago on March 10.

Wednesday, March 20 vs. San Jose 
7:30pm MT
(Sportsnet-W / 630 CHED)

After playing nine consecutive games on the road, the Oilers are now halfway through a four-game homestand with the San Jose Sharks next to visit Edmonton on Wednesday with a 7:30pm start time. The homestand concludes on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues at 8:00pm on Hockey Night In Canada.

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