OK, maybe that’s not the best strategy heading into the playoffs, but there’s no question they play some of their best hockey after playing some of their worst hockey.

They won six in a row after getting blown out 9-5 in Calgary late last month and looked dominant again in their first game back from Tuesday’s 5-1 drubbing in Minnesota.

The Oilers were in total control from start to finish Thursday evening in Nashville, with Leon Draisaitl scoring his 52nd, 53rd and 54th goals of the season and Mike Smith stopping 30 shots in a 4-0 triumph at Bridgestone Arena.

“Not our best in Minnesota, but good teams make sure they respond and we are a good team,” said Draisaltl.

“I thought we responded really well tonight. It was a full 60 minutes and every facet of the game was checked off.”

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