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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Predators

An in-depth look at the Oilers 3-1 win over Nashville

Monday, 17.10.2011 / 9:50 PM / Cenovus Live In-Game Blog
By Travis Knee  - edmontonoilers.com
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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Predators
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With the Oilers trailing 1-0 heading into the third, Taylor Hall would give them the spark they needed with a powerplay goal at 5:29. Taking a beautiful cross-ice feed from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Hall would make no mistake, going top corner with Pekka Rinne out of position.


51 The total faceoff percentage won by the Oilers in tonight's game. The Oilers would win 30 of 59 total faceoffs.
68 The faceoff percentage for Oilers forward, Eric Belanger. Belanger would lead the team in this category, winning 13 of 19 draws.
5 The amount of points for the Oilers leading scorer through 4 games, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
.917 The SV% for both goalies in tonight's game. Khabibulin would stop 11 of 12 shots while Rinne stopped 22 of 24.
1st Star
Shawn Horcoff
G A P +/- Shots
0 3 3 +1 2
2nd Star
Taylor Hall
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 E 4
3rd Star
Pekka Rinne
SA SV GA TOI SV%
24 22 2 59:04 .917



Predators
Pekka Rinne
SA SV GA TOI SV%
24 22 2 59:04 .917

OILERS
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA SV GA TOI SV%
12 11 1 59:55 .917



Predators
  Ryan Suter- D

28:17 - 0P, E rating

OILERS
Tom Gilbert - D

  24:02- 0P, E rating

With the game tied 1-1, Oilers fans got a glimpse of some past magic when Ryan Smyth scored to make it 2-1. Driving hard to the net, Smyth took a terrific saucer pass from captain Shawn Horcoff and proceeded to deke to his backhand, beating Rinne. The goal would prove to be the game-winner, giving the Oilers their second win on the year.


It seems only fitting that on his own bobblehead night, Oilers forward Ryan Smyth would step up and lead his team to victory. Smyth recorded two points(1G,1A) in the contest, including the game-winning goal to complete the Oilers comeback.


On a night that saw his linemate get most of the attention, Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff had his fingerprints all over this victory. Playing 21:32, Horcoff led the way for the Oil with three assists, including a pretty saucer pass to set up Smyth on the winner.


In need of some momentum to start the third, Oilers forward Ryan Jones would provide just that. Three minutes into the period, Jones got in hard on the forecheck, hitting Predators defensemen Jonathon Blum behind the net. The hit would give the Oilers life as they came back to win the game.


With the Oilers having scored eight goals on the 2011-2012 season, a player named Ryan has factored in on all eight. The Oilers have gotten goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins(4), Ryan Smyth(2), Ryan Jones(1) and Taylor Hall(1). Nugent-Hopkins did have an assist on the Hall goal, thus keeping the "Ryan Streak" alive!


" The veteran players have to step up and pull you through games like this"

- Tom Renney on Smyth and Horcoff's performances against the Predators tonight.




Tuesday, October 18  vs. Calgary
  7:30 p.m. MT (SNET-W / 630 CHED)

The Oilers travel straight down the road to Calgary to face the Flames on Tuesday night. It will mark the first Battle of Alberta for the 2011-2012 season and can be seen live in HD on Sportsnet West.

Author: Travis Knee | edmontonoilers.com