The Edmonton Oilers visit the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm central. The Oilers are sitting at 2 points on the season, and are in seventh place in the Pacific division. Edmonton’s last game (On October 13th) was their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers.
Mike Zibanejad began the scoring for the Rangers when he tallied with 7:11 left in the first period. Mark Staal and Brendan Smith assisted. Edmonton got on the board when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored with 5:43 left in the period, assisted by Darnell Nurse and Connor McDavid. Nobody found the back of the net again until the third period, when Connor McDavid tallied on the power play (Assisted by Leon Draisaitl ad Nugent-Hopkins). That goal decided the game.
The Jets, on the other hand, have a winning record. They are tied for fifth place in the division, two points behind the first place Predators and Blackhawks. Their last game was a win over the Hurricanes. The game was 0-0 until the third period, when Patrik Laine tallied with 15:46 left in the game. The game was then tied by a Michael Ferland goal for Carolina. Bryan Little then gave Winnipeg the lead and an empty net goal by Kyle Connor sealed the game.
Winnipeg is favored in this matchup at -170.
Edmonton Struggling to Score
The Oilers are last in the league in goals, with just 5 on the year. They also only kill 62.5% of the penalties that they commit, a number that is also last in the league. These two glaring deficiencies need to be addressed soon if they wish to contend this year. Their defense ranks much higher, however, as they rank 9th, having only allowed 10 goals. They rank 18th in the league on the power play, as they capitalize 20% of the time.
Connor McDavid, unsurprisingly, is leading the Oilers in points, with 5. For the Jets, Kyle Connor also leads with 5 points. McDavid’s 2 goals and 3 assists both lead the team as well. Connor leads the jets in Goals, but Josh Morrissey leads in assists. McDavid will need to step up in this game and provide a boost for the Oilers.
Winnipeg Would Like to Heat Up
The Jets, on the other hand, have scored 11 times, ranking 20th in the league. They have allowed 11 goals as well, a number that ranks 9th in the NHL. They score on a quarter of their power plays.
The Jets seem to be on the up, so the Oilers will all need to step up to help slow down their offense, something the Oiler defense has shown themselves capable of.
Pick and Prediction
The Oilers were one of the better teams in the league last year, but they seem to have fallen flat to begin this season. Bet on the Winnipeg Jets at -170.
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