Leon Draisaitl owns the Nashville Predators and it makes no sense at all

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Zach Laing
1 year ago
We all know how talented of a player Leon Draisaitl is. He’s an Art Ross trophy winner, a Hart Trophy winner, and a Lester B. Pearson Trophy. The dude can score.
But for some reason, Draisaitl absolutely dominates the Nashville Predators.
There’s no NHL team that Draisaitl has scored more goals against than that the Predators. In his 21 games played, he’s scored 20 goals and 30 points for an average of 1.43 points per game. What’s even more remarkable is that while he hasn’t scored a point in eight games, he’s also scored five points twice against them.
Draisaitl’s dominance against the Predators has really come in his last nine games against them. Dating back to Oct. 2018, Draisaitl has scored a staggering 18 goals and 25 points in those games. On Feb. 2nd, 2020, Draisaitl had his best performance against them. He scored four goals adding an assist in an 8-3 victory. His second-best performance, meanwhile, was the last game played back on Nov. 1st of this season. As the Oilers won 7-4, Draisaitl had a one-goal, five-point night.
One of his most notable? Last April when Oilersnation went down to Nashville. In front of a bunch of OIlers fans who travelled from home, Draisaitl scored a hattrick en route to a 4-0 victory.
Leon’s had success against other teams too. He’s scored 1.45 points per game against the Ottawa Senators and 1.4 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
What’s interesting about Nashville, too, is just how random it is. Draisaitl’s scored more points against the Flames than anyone else tallying 52 in 40 games, but for him to virtually have a goal-per-game pace against Nashville? It makes no sense. It’s not like the Predators have had bad goaltending by any stretch of the imagination. They went from Pekka Rinne to Juuse Saros.
Leo’s bud, Connor McDavid, has had a fair shake of his own success. Eight goals and 29 points in 17 games is nothing to scoff at, either. McDavid’s last nine games against Nashville have been pretty incredible, too. He’s scored five goals and 20 points against them in that time.
Tonight, Drasiaitl has another chance to keep up his torrid scoring pace with the Oilers paying a visit to the Music City.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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