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NHL: 3 stories from Thursday night

11/28/2014 01:00 EST | Updated 01/27/2015 05:59 EST
The struggles continue for the Edmonton Oilers as they fell 1-0 in overtime to the Nashville Predators in the lone NHL contest on Thursday.

It was third and final meeting between the Western Conferences foes, which all amounted to victories for Nashville.

Despite picking up a point for their efforts, the Oilers have now lost eight-straight games, a streak that spans all the way back to Nov. 9. when they defeated the Rangers 3-1.

Here are three stories from Edmonton's most recent setback. 

There for the taking

If we can put any type of positive spin on this stretch of games for the Oilers, it would be that six of those losses were by one goal and on two occasions they battled for a point in the extra period.

Against Nashville, neither team managed to get on the board through 60 minutes of play. Pekka Rinne stood on his head, making 37 saves to earn the shutout, while Viktor Fasth turned away 17 shots for Edmonton.

The Oilers best chance to seal a victory was on a penalty shot taken by Jordan Eberle after Shea Weber covered the puck in the crease.

Shortly afterward, Filip Forsberg settled the matter with the decisive goal at the 3:55 mark of overtime.

Searching for answers

Prior to the game, the Oilers announced that defenceman Justin Schultz would be a healthy scratch. The 24-year-old had appeared in all 22 of Edmonton's games, tallying two goals, eight assists, and a minus-6 rating.

Coach Dallas Eakins explained his decision to the media earlier in the day.

Schultz also weighed in with his opinion.

Perhaps the roster adjustment did not pay off in the way the embattled coach would have liked, but time will tell.

Things only got worse for Edmonton in the third period when David Perron was assessed a 10-minute misconduct for arguing with the referee over a penalty called on Taylor Hall.

Perron, who has been frustrated with the Oilers' struggles this season, continues to be the subject of trade rumours. If general manager Craig MacTavish decides to shake up the roster, then Perron may be the first domino to fall.

The road ahead

So far this season, the Oilers have posted a dismal 0-11-2 record against Western Conference opponents and it doesn't look like they will be catching a break any time soon. 

Edmonton will face teams from the west in their next seven contests, including two matchups apeice with the Sharks and Ducks. Following a meeting with the Rangers on Dec. 14, the Oilers won't see another Eastern Conference rival until the Islanders arrive in town on Jan. 4.

With the point earned against the Predators - in what Eakins referred to as "a baby step forward" -  the Oilers did manage to climb out of the basement of the NHL standings, but on the surface, all signs point to them remaining firmly in the hunt for the likes of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.

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