NASHVILLE — With Edmonton neither selling or buying at the NHL trade deadline, the attention focused on the lineup they stood pat on as it rolled into Bridgestone Arena hoping to keep its undefeated streak and slim playoff hopes alive.And by focus, we mean fans prepared to shield their eyes in the face of impending doom.With Nashville 13-1 in its last 14 games against the Oilers, and Edmonton without suspended captain Connor McDavid, this one kind of seemed like a lost cause before the puck even dropped.Then they dropped it. And Leon Draisaitl was having nothing to do with the script.Draisaitl scored two goals, one them shorthanded to open the scoring and another one to tie it midway through the third period, to get the underdogs to overtime against a team 19 points ahead of them in the standings.“Connor is not here and we’re playing one of the best teams in the West, who’ve been contenders for the last couple of years and we did pretty good tonight,” said forward Alex Chiasson. “Guys are buying in and playing the right way. It came down to the wire.”They couldn’t close it, but salvaged a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to get to 2-0-2 in their last four. That cuts the gap on a wildcard spot to seven points. They are 1-0-2 in the three games McDavid missed between his suspension and the flu“We’re competing like hell, we’ve done it for almost a dozen games now,” said head coach Ken Hitchcock. “We’re competing as hard as we can. We’re not giving up ground to anybody. I don’t know where the playoffs are going to go, but I know if we compete at this level we can really be proud of what we’re doing.” As they have so many times since they returned from their bye week, the Oilers turned in a strong and determined effort that saw them leading 1-0 at the first intermission on the shortie from Draisaitl at 2:08.Things turned on their side in a hurry, though, with Nashville scoring twice in 1:42 (Colton Sissons at 11:43 and P.K. Subban at 13:07) to take a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. But Draisaitl got them to extra time with his 38th of the season.“They’re a hard team to play against,” said Draisaitl. “The crowd gets into it and they feed off that, but I thought we played really well and deserved the point. And obviously the shootout is always a little bit of luck.”KING LEONIn the three games McDavid missed with the suspension and the flu, Draisaitl put up two goals and three assists. Throw in the two goals he scored against the Islanders and he’s at seven points during the 2-0-2 stretch. He’s taken his game to another level lately.“When they play together, they’re super dangerous,” said Alex Chiasson. “But Leon is capable of carrying his own line — he’s proven that in the past six to eight weeks. Tonight he was a horse. An absolute horse. Amazing.”Draisitl could actually hit 50 goals this season. He’s at 38 with 20 games to go and he’s running hot with 15 goals in the last 17 games.FREE AT LASTMcDavid served the second game of his two-game suspension as a result of the NHL’s occasional crackdown on head shots. He will be back in time for the media circus in Toronto, but it will have to wait until game day because the Oilers don’t practise on Tuesday.SICK GAMESubban missed the morning skate with the flu, but made it to the starting gate. Too bad for the Oilers. He made a major impact in the Nashville comeback. It was his breakout pass the set up the 1-1 goal and his rocket from the point that made it 2-1 just 84 seconds later. The importance of a high-end defenceman in this league cannot be overstated, as the Oilers have known for years.UNAVAILABLE OFFENCEThe Oilers caught a bit of a break with the trade day breakdown in Nashville. Top-nine forwards Kevin Fiala and Ryan Hartman, who have 10 goals each, were just traded out of town but the players they got in return, Wayne Simmonds and Mikael Granlund, weren’t here in time for the game.THIS AND THAT Draisaitl’s shorthanded goal is Edmonton’s seventh of the season, tying them with Vegas for eighth in the NHL … Alex Chiasson continues to get just as many looks as he had during his hot streak, but they’re just not going in right now. After 15 goals in his first 28 games, he has two in the last 24. … Hitchcock knew there would be no sneaking up on the Predators after they lost their last game, 5-0, to Colorado. “The worst thing that could have happened to us was them losing their last game,” he said. “That got their antenna up.”PARTY ON, GARTHThey showed Wayne Gretzky and Garth Brooks sitting side by side on the big screen during a TV timeout. Brooks got the bigger hand, because in Nashville, there are only two types of music: Country and Western.SMYTH SAYS, HIFormer Oilers forward Ryan Smyth stopped by the morning skate to visit a few familiar faces, although not many of them were players since there has been so much turnover since he wore the sweater. The beloved winger is living in Nashville now and says he loves it.NOT THAT FUNNewly acquired Predators forward Brian Boyle understands how Canadians love to plant themselves in front of the TV and enjoy the trade deadline action, but says players don’t feel quite the same way about it.“It’s a big life change,” he said of being dealt. “If you have family and kids there is a lot of red tape you have to go through and a lot of things you have to get done in a short amount of time. It’s stressful.”E-mail: email@example.comOn Twitter: @Rob_TychkowskiOil Spills podcast: Trade deadline approaches with Edmonton Oilers in sell modeThe Edmonton Oilers are indeed sellers for the 2019 NHL trade deadline coming up on Feb. 25. They dealt goalie Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers for Anthony Stolarz in order to clear salary cap room for defenceman Andrej Sekera, who returned to the Oilers lineup from injury.But can the Oilers under interim general manager Keith Gretzky reasonably do much else besides give players away for middling draft picks to try to clear salary off the books?Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Google Play or Soundcloud. You can also listen via the player below.