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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Predators

Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Nashville Predators

Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 10:31 PM MT / Cenovus Game Story
By Marc Ciampa  -
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Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:


Defence pairings:



Out: Belov (partially torn oblique), Joensuu (high ankle sprain), Yakupov (ankle)


Tonight's game is now underway. Oilers announce that Nail Yakupov (ankle) will not play tonight. 19:12: Oilers go on the power play early after Ryan Ellis hammers Jordan Eberle into the boards in the Predators zone. 

15:34: Another Edmonton man advantage after the Preds get caught having too many men on the ice.

8:39: Shots on goal are 6-5 Oilers as the game approaches the 12-minute mark.
8:14: Mark Fraser gets a penalty for roughing, giving Nashville its first power play of the night.

4:58: The puck nearly sneaks by Fasth after a deceiving shot from the blueline is mishandled by the Oilers goaltender.

2:53: Andrew Ference collides in the neutral zone with Patric Hornqvist and gets two minutes for tripping as a result.

2:16: Shorthanded, Matt Hendricks does a 360 and backhands the shot on Pekka Rinne. The Preds netminder kicks it out with his pad.

34.7: Sam Gagner picks up a loose puck at the top of the crease after Marincin's initial point shot is kicked out by Rinne. Gagner makes no mistake, putting the puck in to open the scoring. | EDM 1, NSH 0

0.0: Shots on goal after one were 12-10 for the Oilers.


20:00: Second period has started.

13:21: Edmonton heads back on the power play. Eric Nystrom receives two minutes for tripping.

11:42: Perched at the right side of the net. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins picks up a feed from Jordan Eberle and snaps it past Rinne to double the Edmonton lead. | EDM 2, NSH 0

11:31: 11 seconds later, Boyd Gordon gets a penalty to give the Predators a power play with Edmonton's best penalty killer in the box.

5:12: Taylor Hall backhands a shot that looks like it might have gone in. Hall celebrates but the play continues on. It is eventually ruled a goal after a video review several minutes later.  3:55: Another penalty for Edmonton's Fraser. Because of the goal, the clock is reset to 5:12.  

5:12: Hall's goal counts but Oilers are now shorthanded. The replay shows that the puck did sneak in under the crossbar. | EDM 3, NSH 0

4:42: Fasth makes an unbelievable left pad save off Hornqvist to keep the game at 3-0.

1:21: Gabriel Bourque gets the puck through Fasth in a scrum in front of the net to get the Preds on the board. | EDM 3, NSH 1

0.0: Shots after 40 minutes are 23-21 for Nashville.

20:00: Third period starts now.

16:44: Petry takes down Bourque in front of the Oilers net and gets two minutes for his efforts.

14:03: Oilers announce that Matt Hendricks (leg) will not return to tonight's game.

13:22: Michael Del Zotto gets two minutes for interference.

11:21: Two seconds after the penalty expired, Eberle scooped up the puck and backhanded it past Rinne for the goal. | EDM 4, NSH 1

9:59: Just over a minute later, Eberle slips the puck past Rinne on another nifty backhand attempt. | EDM 5, NSH 1

9:59: Rinne is replaced in goal by Carter Hutton.

1:49: Oilers and Preds engage in some pushing and shoving with Luke Gazdic in the middle of the fray.