Roman Josi had a goal and an assist, but the Nashville Predators’ lost in regulation for the third straight game and the sixth time in their last seven outings, 3-2 to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday at Edmonton.
Four of the five goals were scored with a disparity in manpower capped by Josi’s, which came with 9.2 seconds to play and the Predators using an extra attacker.
The problem was that Edmonton went ahead to stay nearly nine minutes earlier when it was a man down. An ill-timed line change by Sergei Kostitsyn during a power play created a two-on-one for the Oilers. They converted — and broke a 1-1 tie — with a goal by Lennart Petrell.
It was the second shorthanded goal allowed by Nashville this season. The Predators overcame the first in a 4-3 victory over Detroit on Feb. 19, but not this one.
Jordan Eberle made 3-1 just under five minutes later and Edmonton held on for the victory. Eberle finished with a goal and an assist.
The sides traded power play goals in the second period. Shea Weber’s slap shot evened things with 3:23 to go before the second intermission.
Nashville outshot Edmonton 31-21, including 14-5 in the third period but failed to reverse their fortunes following losses at Vancouver and Calgary on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
In addition to defeats, the string of injuries that has been an issue of late continued. Defenseman Scott Hannan logged just 3:52 of ice time before he left with an upper body injury.
The current five-game road trip ends Tuesday at Columbus, which does not have a regulation defeat in its last 10 (6-0-4) and has caught the Predators in the Western Conference standings.
Each team has 28 points. Only one has positive momentum.