The Edmonton Oilers’ stretch of games without a win against the Western Conference was extended to 13 games (0-11-2) Thursday night following a 1-0 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators.
Preds rookie Filip Forsberg scored the overtime winner at 3:55 of the extra period.
Edmonton certainly had their chance to win this one.
Thirteen seconds into overtime Predators captain Shea Weber closed his hand on the puck in the crease. The Oilers were awarded a penalty shot, but Jordan Eberle could not solve Pekka Rinne.
Rinne improved to 15-3-1 on the season with a 37 save performance. Rinne has now won nine of 10 appearances (9-1-0) for the first time since he won 11 straight games from Jan. 12 to Feb. 7, 2012.
Thursday night marked the regular season debut of Predators center Mike Fisher, who ruptured his achilles tendon during an off-season workout. Fisher logged 12:44 in ice time while delivering three hits.
Viktor Fasth made 24 saves for the Oilers, who have now gone eight straight without a win. During the 13 game losing streak against the Western Conference, the Oilers have a goal differential of minus-28.
Edmonton, who is 6-3-1 against the Eastern Conference this season, played much of the game with just 11 forwards. Winger Matt Hendricks left the game early in the first period after blocking a Weber shot off his knee.
Post-game coach Dallas Eakins said Hendricks had X-Rays done on his knee cap, which came back negative, but that he was having trouble bending his leg.