Oilers fall to Predators at home
Mattias Ekholm scores twice
Mattias Ekholm had a pair of goals as the Nashville Predators made it two wins in a row with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Mike Fisher and Filip Forsberg also scored for the Predators (22-18-8), who had lost six of their last seven before their latest wins.
Leon Draisaitl replied for the Oilers (19-26-5), who have lost three in a row heading into a nine-day break.
Edmonton got on the board first with a goal 12 minutes into the first as Draisaitl made a great individual effort to cut back on defender Shea Weber and send a backhand shot past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.
Nashville got that goal right back, however, as Ekholm was finally able to chip a puck past Oilers starter Cam Talbot after a scramble in front.
The Predators took a 2-1 lead on the power play 1:48 into the second with a highly unusual goal. An Ekholm shot hit defender Andrej Sekera and ended up in Talbot's equipment and was lost from view for a few seconds without the play being blown down before falling out and ending up in the net as Talbot was backing up looking for the puck.
Nashville took a two-goal lead 52 seconds into the third when Weber made a bullet pass from the corner to give Fisher a tap-in goal.
Forsberg added an empty-netter to seal the victory.
The Predators travel to Vancouver to face the Canucks on Tuesday, while the Oilers return to action on Feb. 2 against Columbus.