Leon Draisaitl scores twice on his birthday in Oilers win

Leon Draisaitl scores twice on his birthday in Oilers win

The time has come to see what the Edmonton Oilers $2.5-million backup can do. "He's in that back-up role and right now he's in that situation, we hope he can play well and earn more starts".

The Predators clogged up the neutral zone in the last meeting, refusing to let Connor McDavid build up any speed and the swarmed him, taking away his linemates. "From an organizational standpoint it's important, but for the guys that have been here two or three years it is a big win".

Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (29), of Germany, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators in the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Edmonton wouldn't exactly receive a break with Saros (5-1-0, 2.47, .918) between the pipes, as he blanked the Oilers 3-0 last Saturday in Alberta, stopping 31 shots for his fifth career shutout in only 48 starts.

The Oilers' last two wins have come against the reigning Presidents' Trophy victor (Nashville) and the defending Staley Cup champion (Washington).

"He's probably been the bounce back player of the year for us", said McLellan. "We've got a tough schedule with some travel and some road games, and I think we're just playing confidently".

Forsberg then completed his hat trick on the day, scoring at 4:43 and 15:54 of the final frame, but the Predators could do no more.

The Oilers struck first on a goal from Drake Caggiula to lead 1-0 to end the first period.

"I don't foresee this going that long", Predators coach Peter Laviolette said to The Tennessean of Rinne's injury. "And that's a real positive sign when you can get two of them to perform like that". "Ryan (Johansen) is making some terrific plays and (Viktor Arvidsson) is the motor that makes it go".

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Draisaitl has a bruise and a cut from the stick blade that forced him out of the game for a few minutes and gave Edmonton a four-minute power play, but wasn't making much of a deal about it.

Chicago's Brent Seabrook and Edmonton's Zack Kassian scored in the first period.

With only Chicago defenceman Erik Gustafsson back, Draisaitl made the flawless pass and McDavid buried the shot to give him goals in four straight games. Usually, we're chasing the game.

"For me he's a lot harder to play against now than maybe he was a little earlier", said the coach. The 6-foot-7 Finn played the previous six seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League. Those are the games that you want to be in against a team like that on the road in a tough building.

Saros, filling in for injured Vezina Trophy victor Pekka Rinne, had recorded shutouts in his previous two starts against the Oilers, stopping all 77 shots. Draisaitl scored at 4:19 of the third, and Forsberg answered 24 seconds later.

Ryan O'Reilly, Patrick Kane, Zach Sanford and Artem Anisimov each found the back of the net, alternating goals throughout the period. All three Nashville losses have come on home ice.

Like they always say, 'Winning ugly is better than losing ugly'. "It gets people off their rhythm by being on the penalty kill".

They didn't, though. Instead they took three minors in the first 10 minutes and fell behind 1-0 on a two-man advantage at 11:02.

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