Hyman’s first hat trick leads Oilers over Predators 6-3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Zach Hyman had a hat-trick, Leon Draisaitl scored twice and added three assists, and Connor McDavid had one goal and three assists to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night respectively .
Jack Campbell made 29 saves for Edmonton, winners of three of four. Tyson Barrie had two assists.
Cody Glass, Ryan Johansen and Dante Fabbro all scored and Kevin Lankinen made 31 saves for Nashville, losing four in a row. Roman Josi had two assists.
Edmonton is 9-0-1 in their last 10 games against Nashville.
Glass hit the first shot on goal of the game at 1:15 of the opening third, but the Oilers rushed back with three to end the first, two from Hyman and then a power play goal from Draisaitl five seconds from the end of the third.
In the second game, Johansen and Draisaitl traded goals early in the frame, 57 seconds apart. Fabbro scored his first goal of the season midway through the second goal of the season, but McDavid tied the power play with 1:05 left to restore Edmonton’s two-goal lead.
McDavid has accumulated points in 10 straight games, scored 10 goals and added 14 assists over the course of the series. He has three four-point games in his last six.
Hyman completed his hat trick with an empty goal, with 2:37 remaining in third place. The hat trick was the first of Hyman’s career.
JOSI NEARS A RECORD
With his performance of two assists, Josi moved within one point of the Nashville franchise’s record for points. With 565 career points, Josi is just one point behind David Legwand.
Tuesday was career game 787 for Nashville’s captain. Legwand, Nashville’s very first recruit when the team entered the NHL in 1998, played 956 games for the Predators.
Edmonton entered Tuesday with the best power play in the NHL, averaging 30.2 percent. Including a 2-on-2 win over Nashville, the Oilers have scored seven man-advantage goals on 15 occasions in their last four games.
On the other hand, Nashville entered the 32-team league on Tuesday, the 29th with a 16 percent win on the power play. The Predators went empty on five chances against the Oilers, including a 43-second two-man lead in the second half.
Nashville hasn’t made a power play in their last four games, going 0-15 in that span.
Draisaitl has dominated the Predators in his career. Tuesday was the 22nd time he faced Nashville. With two goals and three assists in Edmonton’s win, Draisaitl has 22 goals and 13 assists against the Predators. In two games against Nashville this season, Draisaitl has three goals and seven assists.
Predators: Visit the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.
Oilers: Hosts the St. Louis Blues on Thursday