June 24, 2024

The Edmonton Oilers have amassed a formidable 16-game winning run.

With a 4-1 victory over the visiting Nashville Predators on Saturday, the Oilers continued their franchise-record winning streak to 16 games, led by three assists from Connor McDavid.

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The Oilers (29-15-1) defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets (16 games) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (1992–1993) to become just the third team in NHL history to have a streak of 16 games or more. Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman also scored for the Oilers (29-15-1).

“It’s unique,” Draisaitl remarked. “To reach that number, a lot of excellent work and a lot of excellent games are required. Even though we have played a little carelessly the past three games, it is clear that some of our players have contributed to our victories. Sometimes you also need that. For us, it’s been a fantastic stretch.”

The Oilers have set a franchise milestone by going 14 games in a row with two or fewer goals allowed. They are currently 24-3-0 in their past 27 games, making them the third team in NHL history to accomplish it as well.

“It’s exciting, obviously it’s a great run, obviously the goalies have played great,” McDavid stated. “Despite playing less than optimal hockey this past week, we managed to secure three victories, which is encouraging. We’ve had excellent goaltending, strong play on the back end, and outstanding kills—all positive things.”
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Stuart Skinner, the goalkeeper for the Oilers, made 29 saves to move to 19-2 in his previous 21 starts.

Regarding his squad’s ability to prevent the other team from scoring during the run, Skinner stated, “It’s been really impressive.” Being able to observe these things from the back end has been a lot of fun. We exerted every effort to prevent the puck from entering our net.”

The Predators (26-22-1), who have dropped three of their past four games, were led in scoring by Colton Sissons.

“I thought we outplayed them but unfortunately it doesn’t matter when you don’t get two points,” Sissons stated. “It still hurts.”

Edmonton started the scoring eight minutes into the opening period on the power play as Nugent-Hopkins slid into the high slot and took a feed from Draisaitl before unleashing a quick wrist shot that beat Predators goalie Kevin Lankinen for his 12th goal of the season. McDavid picked up the other assist to extend his home scoring streak to 18 games.

Nashville had a number of good opportunities in the first, but none more so than their own power play four minutes later, when Luke Evangelista appeared to have a certain goal, only for Skinner to make a great blocker stop.

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