Predators One-Up Oilers, Taylor Hall Out At Least Two Weeks

Edmonton gets out to the early lead on Jordan Eberle mini-stick night, but they were unable to hold on.

Plus, we find out a little bit more on Taylor Hall’s shoulder injury aftermath.

Stick around, this is going to be way better than mediocre.

This Gatorade isn't grape, Gene. Photo courtesy Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers

So is it appropriate that the only Oilers goal scored on Jordan Eberle mini-stick night is by Jordan Eberle?

After dismantling the Predators last week in Nashville, the Oilers were able to muster only one goal against Nashville and their backup netminder Anders Lindback.

Some bullets:

  • Eighteen shots, one goal.  While it could’ve been another one of those craaaaazy nights in Montréal, Nashville got good goaltending from Lindback, and goals from Shea Weber and Nick Spaling in the final two periods.  Nashville benefitted from 31 shots to Edmonton’s 18
  • Nikolai Khabibulin picked up the L tonight, but it was through no fault of his own.  Khabibulin turned aside 29 of Nashville’s 31 shots, good for a .935 SV% on the night.
  • NOT PENALTIES:  I understand that you’ll do anything to give your team an edge, but after this love tap by Theo Peckham on Jordan Tootoo, you’d have thought Tootoo had his rug pulled out from under him.  Guy was more 90 degrees turned by the time his backside hit the ice.  Tootoo got two for diving, but the degree of difficulty on the dive must have impressed linesman Tom Kowall enough to award Peckham a pair for cross checking.  Tom, you saw what happened.  Make the right call.

  • GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWSTAYLOR HALL EDITION:  The MRI results are in!  And Taylor Hall will be out for a week to ten days.  Or two weeks.  Or four weeks.  It’s all depending on who you believe.  Initial reports on Twitter suggested that Hall would be gone for a week or a little bit more than a week.  After Nashville got done defeating the Oilers, Coach Renney announced that it would likely be two to four weeks.  None of the last two numbers really impress me much, but let’s not rush Taylor Hall back into the lineup until he’s good and healed.  The Oilers are playing five more games at home, a place they seem to have pretty good success

The Oilers will try and take their frustrations out against Minnesota on Wednesday, the second of a six pack at Rexall Place.
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