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Nashville Predators sign Yannick Weber to 2-year deal

Nashville Predators sign Yannick Weber to 2-year deal”

The Nashville Predators needed a win in the worst way tonight at Bridgestone Arena, and with the Edmonton Oilers in town, the Preds were "licking" their chops.

Connor McDavid and company are searching for answers.

With a bit of help from video review, Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators continued two streaks of dominance Tuesday night.

It was a frustrating result for an Oilers team that has now lost seven of its last eight games. McDavid scored, and Cam Talbot had 22 stops.

"It was something I wasn't very happy with", he said of the loss in Arizona. "I'm not sure that we were in that situation in prior games". Nashville challenged the goal and a video review determined that the play was offside.

"I ultimately feel they should just take the rule out", McDavid explained.

And it might have been 2-2 late in the third period if not for an offside call about 40 seconds before the apparent equalizer was scored. "I think the fans want to see offense".

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Nashville, who leads the NHL as the most penalized team in the league, only had one penalty on the night.

"We battled back hard and found a way to tie up the game and the guy's an arm hair offside and they call it back", said McDavid, according to Marc Ciampa of EdmontonOilers.com. However, the rule has gone from snuffing out egregious offside calls to having linesmen count pixels between skate blades and the ice on tablet screens. He doesn't get enough credit.

The Predators went ahead to stay with two in the first. Roman Josi ripped a slapper from the left point that caromed off Talbot, then stuck Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson in the face and plopped down at the goalmouth.

McDavid was just getting warmed up on the topic, delivering his thoughts in typical measured tones.

The Nashville Predators have fortified their defense for the foreseeable future.

Like Irwin, Weber joined the Predators last season and will now remain with the club through at least 2019-20.



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