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Predators vs. Oilers, final score: 3 things we learned from Nashville's 4-1 win

Edmonton's winning streak was fun while it lasted.

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So much for the Oilers keeping the good times going.

Craig Smith scored twice (and probably should've had a hat trick) to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 win on the road against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Predators win snapped the Oilers' four-game winning streak and helped Nashville improve to 6-1-2 to start the season. We knew good times wouldn't last forever for Edmonton, but Taylor Hall had a third period goal to show for the effort and prevent Pekka Rinne (26 saves) from getting a shutout. Ben Scrivens made 31 saves for Edmonton.

3 Things We Learned

1. It's easy to pile on to the Oilers when they lose a game like this, but it's not like they weren't trying. They out-attempted the Predators in shots 65-55 and outshot them in the second period 15-9. Of course, the Predators got up 2-0 in that period and salted the game away 24 seconds into the third when Shea Weber made it 3-0. It's baby steps for the Oilers, but things are headed in the right direction.

2. Maybe I'm the ignoramus around here, but has Predators defenseman Roman Josi been a shot-blocking monster all along? He got in front of seven Oilers shots and Weber, his partner, added another three. Those two are Nashville's top pairing for a reason, but getting in front of shots like that is impressive.

3. Not a bad season debut for Predators forward Matt Cullen. He had an assist on Smith's second goal and played 15:18 including some time on the power play in the final minutes. He's one of about 100 centers the Predators have on the roster, but adding another veteran to the mix can't hurt.