Leon Draisaitl scored four goals last night in Oilers’ win in Nashville. The 24-year old was the central figure of the match and is currently one of the best players in the league.
The Oilers posted an 8-3 win, a very important one. They not only earned two points but also did that against the direct rival for the playoff position, meaning that this win is worth double. Now, all that wouldn’t be possible without Draisaitl, who was simply astonishing at Bridgestone Arena. He netted four times, adding one assist on top of that, and recorded the second five-point game in his career.
Three of his hits came in the final period, once Oilers wiped out the home team. Up until the start of that frame, the result was 3-3, but the guests simply rolled over the stunned Predators, who weren’t able to deliver the slightest resistance.
“I don’t need to beat around the bush. When you score four goals, you feel good,” Draisaitl said. “You feel good. You feel good about yourself.”
And may we add, Draisaitl is feeling good throughout the entire season. He scored 43 goals so far and also has 64 assists, making him the No.1 in the league when looking at the points category. Still, he didn’t want to talk that much about his own productivity but instead emphasized the role of the entire team.
“All four lines, we all probably could’ve scored a few more too,” Draisaitl said. “A lot of credit to our group sticking with it and coming out on top.”
Right now, he is on the pace to produce 133 points, which would be one of the best records in the past few years.
His Oilers opened the match fast, creating a 2-0 lead early on. However, during the second frame, we saw a comeback of the hosts, who netted three times, and after that period, the result was tied, 3-3.
Yet, the guests from Canada found the strength to make a furious push in the last third, scoring five goals in less than five minutes.
“We had a good first period, and then we kind of blow it in the second,” Connor McDavid said.
Edmonton’s young center scored had one goal and four assists in this contest, posting his fifth game with five or more points since becoming a pro. Draisaitl mentioned that following the game, saying that his teammate did one hell of job setting the tone in the offense.
Just to add and remind everyone, that McDavid has 32 goals and 62 assists and that with 94 points, he sits second in the NHL behind his colleague from the team.
Oilers (35-23-8) are second in the Pacific Division, two points behind the Vegas Golden Knights, who top that assembly. Over the last 10 matches, they are 5-3-2, but are still holding on very good. This win was important for them not only due to their race for the Golden Knights but also, in order to keep away the rival behind at a safe distance. Predators, for example, had four points fewer than them before the match, and that is why we said that this win means more that two points.
Up next, Dave Tippett’s side has two events on the road coming up, against the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks. After that, Oilers are starting a four-game homestand, with the Blue Jackets, Golden Knights, Jets, and the Islanders coming to town.
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