The Predators got off to a two goal first period, and that was enough to hold the injury riddled Oilers at bay.
The Predators had a 3-1 lead at the final buzzer last night, sparked by a two goal first period and some solid tending of the net by Pekka Rinne. The loss is Edmonton’s 40th in regulation so far this season, as the team slides closer to the 30th overall spot in the league.
- The injury bus is ridiculous. I don’t know the amount of man-games lost this season, but I seriously wouldn’t be surprised if it was over three hundred. Defenceman Kurtis Foster absorbed a check in the boards from David Legwand and had to be helped from the ice. Reports are that his neck is a bit wonky, and he’ll likely miss tomorrow’s game against the St. Louis Blues. Jordan Eberle took a shot in the boot, but he’s expected to get the nod tomorrow night.
- Speaking of Eberle, I’d link you to his goal (a power play goal!) if I could, but for whatever reason, the NHL video section has taken the gaspipe. Sigh.
- POWER OUTAGE: While Eberle’s PP goal is always nice to read (even if it’s the one goal the team would score when down by three), 20 shots was all the Oilers could muster up on Nashville. This is pretty much expected with the depleted lineup that Edmonton is forced to ice, but is still not a lot of fun.
- BARONS WATCH: Somehow, even though Edmonton has a significant portion of Oklahoma City’s roster on the big club, the Barons remain hot in an AHL playoff run. Would probably be doing significantly better if the Oilers didn’t have a rash of injuries to contend with, but 82 points given the circumstance is nothing to sneeze at. Tom Gazzola reports Alex Giroux will be sent back to OKC, which means that someone’s healthy enough to play tomorrow. Maybe Fraser.
Edmonton takes on the Blues tomorrow. Get your primers ready.
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