The Edmonton Oilers suffered their seventh defeat their last eight games with a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

And it might have been 2-2 late in the third period if not for an offside call about 40 seconds before the apparent equalizer was scored.

Edmonton's Mark Letestu appeared to backhand the puck in front in the Predators net past Pekka Rinne with five minutes remaining in the game, but the play was challenged by Predators head coach Peter Laviolette for an offside and it was determined Jujhar Khaira's left skate was off the ice in the neutral zone as he entered the Nashville zone ahead of puck-carrier Ryan Strome.

Oilers captain Connor McDavid said he would like to see the NHL remove offside challenges.

"Ultimately, I feel that they should just take the rule out," McDavid told reporters after the game. "I think the number of calls that are a millimetre offside 45 seconds before the play, it doesn't have very much of an effect on the goal itself.