Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets

 

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The Edmonton Oilers will continue their four-game road trip when they stop at the Bell MTS Place on Sunday night to take on the Winnipeg Jets. The Oilers (2-4-0) are coming off a 4-2 loss in Toronto against the Maple Leafs on Friday night when they allowed a pair of goals in the third period after tying the game at two a piece. The Jets (3-1-0) are coming off their third straight game against the Ottawa Senators, this one being the first in their own building.

These teams have faced similar pressure against them on the defensive side of the ice and this should be a fun matchup of some stars. Let’s take a deeper dive into Edmonton and Winnipeg to decide where we should be placing our bets.

Gotta Produce More

Edmonton has been struggling in the early stages of this season but one thing is for certain: center Connor McDavid has been playing extremely well to begin the season. The 2015 first round pick is a single point behind the league lead as he has seven points (four goals, three assists) this season and has recorded at least one point in three of his last four games played. In his last game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, he finished with an assist and four shots on goal without putting one through the net in 22:38 on the ice. McDavid has shown the ability to dominate a game and it will be a little difficult against this Winnipeg defensive unit.

Connor Hellebuyck has been in the goal for the Winnipeg Jets as of late after starting the season on the bench. He has allowed six total goals on 92 shot attempts in his three games this season. In the first game of the Ottawa series, he finished allowing a goal on 29 shots. He has decreased the amount of goals scored against him in each game this season so maybe he is getting in rhythm and lowering his career 2.63 goals per game allowed. If he keeps this up, no other person will see time in the crease for the foreseeable future for the Winnipeg Jets.

Connor Delivering Knockout Blows?

Winnipeg is dealing with the injury bug so far as four players are dealing with an injury that has either ruled them out already or has the potential to. With all the talent dealing with injury, left winger Kyle Connor has stepped up and been a monster on the ice. The 2015 first round pick is one point behind the league leader with seven points (three goals, four assists) this season and has recorded at one point in all four games this season. In his last game against the Senators, he finished with a pair of assists and two shots on goal in 18:36 on the ice. Connor has been extremely productive to begin the year and going against a weak defensive team should allow him to dominate.

Edmonton has not had stellar play inside the goal as Mikko Koskinen has struggled to begin the season. He has allowed 3.21 goals per game this season (19 goals in six games) and Winnipeg is an average offensive team to begin the year. In his last game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, he allowed three goals on 28 shot attempts. He is struggling this season finding a groove as he has allowed at least three goals in four of his last five games on the ice. Edmonton does not have a suitable backup either as he is yet to be replaced. The Jets should be able to take advantage of weak play inside the net in this game.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Edmonton has a slight advantage in the talent aspect but a huge disadvantage inside of the net as Koskinen is not a great option to put in the goal. We highlighted his statistics and bad start to the season as that is holding the Oilers back from being a Stanley Cup contender. Winnipeg should be able to take advantage of the weaker opponent and Connor should be able to put up a couple of points in this game. Go with the Winnipeg Jets to win this game on their home ice.

Prediction:
Winnipeg -110

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

We do not know what to expect out of either of these goalies as Koskinen is having a troubling start and Hellebuyck has only played in three games this season. Both goalies have the potential to be scored on, as both have allowed games of at least three goals this season. These teams are full of capable scorers in Connor and Leon Draisaitl to name a couple. Expect this to be a high-scoring matchup so go with the OVER here.

Prediction:
OVER 6.5