The Edmonton Oilers’ impressive winning streak has reached a solid 16.
Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists as the Oilers extended their franchise record to 16 straight wins with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Nashville Predators on Saturday.
Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman also scored for the Oilers (29-15-1), who became just the third team in NHL history to have a streak of 16 consecutive games – the Columbus Blues. The Jackets won 16 games in 2016-17 and the Pittsburgh Penguins won a record 17 straight games in 1992-93.
“It’s special,” Draisaitl said. “It takes a lot of effort and a lot of good games to get to that number. We’ve been a little sloppy in the last three games, but we obviously had a few individual performances that got us wins. You need that sometimes. too. It was a great time for us.”
The Oilers are now 24-3-0 in their last 27 games – the third team in NHL history to do so as well – and have set a franchise record of 14 consecutive games allowing two goals or less.
Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner made 29 saves to improve to 19-2 in his last 21 starts.
“It’s been really impressive,” Skinner said of his team’s ability to keep the other team from scoring down the stretch. “It’s been a lot of fun being able to be on the back end of those things. We’ve done everything we can to keep the puck out of our net.”
Colton Sissons scored for the Predators (26-22-1), who have lost three of their last four games.
“I thought we outplayed them, but unfortunately it doesn’t matter when you don’t get two points,” Sissons said. “It still hurts.”
Edmonton started the scoring eight minutes into the first period on the power play as Nugent-Hopkins slid into the high slot and took a pass from Draisaitl before unleashing a quick wrist shot that beat Predators goaltender Kevin Lankinen for his 12th goal of the season. McDavid had the other assist to extend his home scoring streak to 18 games.
Nashville had several solid chances in the first period, none better than on their own power play four minutes later when it looked like Luke Evangelista had a sure goal, only to see Skinner make a huge blocking save.
Draisaitl collects his 800th career point
The Oilers’ power play showed itself again with just over eight minutes left in the middle of the game as McDavid sent it to Draisaitl who unleashed a nasty one-timer for his 23rd. The goal was Draisaitl’s 800th career point, making him the fourth-fastest player to reach that milestone, in 683 games.
Edmonton gave themselves a bit of a lead midway through the third when McDavid collected the puck in traffic and went swinging behind the net before putting the puck out of Lankinen’s back behind the goal line for his 20th.
Edmonton regained its three-goal advantage with three minutes remaining as Hyman scored his 30th of the season into an empty net.
“I thought we played a really good game 5-on-5,” Nashville head coach Andrew Brunette said. “Once again tonight, reckless penalties, the best power play and the best player in the world made us pay.
“I thought we created enough to win the game, but I think we gave up a little too much. The penalties and power play goals really hurt.”