What do a laundry list of Edmonton Oilers’ slumps and the Nashville Predators’ hearts have in common? They all got broken. The Oilers put a sudden and dramatic end to a handful of team and individual droughts Tuesday, and smashed Nashville’s faint playoff hopes for good measure, pumping the Predators 5-1 at Rexall Place. It was a night when all of the things that had been going wrong lately decided to go right. A power play that was 3-for-40 scored twice with the man advantage. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins broke a 15-game scoring drought. Jordan Eberle, who had two goals in his previous 13 games, scored two in 1:17. An Oilers team that had lost 20 of its last 22 games when returning home from a road trip of two or more games never trailed once. And the team with the worst home record in the NHL posted one of its most convincing victories of the season. “Tonight was one of those nights where everything went right, but we worked for it,” said Nugent-Hopkins, whose first goal since Jan 26 (also against Nashville) came with a new make of stick he was using for the first time. “Coming back from road trips, sometimes you can get a little lazy but I thought we did a really good job of not letting that affect us. “The biggest thing for us tonight was we were working the cycle game. If you’re playing with the puck, you get more chances.” The resurgent Oilers, who jumped out to a 3-0 in the second period and then piled on in the third, are now 10-4-3 in their last 17 games. It’s funny, when goalie Viktor Fasth came to Edmonton, he heard the Oilers weren’t any good. All he’s seen since he got here is 5-2-1.
Oilers down Predators 5-1
Edmonton Sun | Mar 19