Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers

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The Winnipeg Jets will remain at the Rogers Place on Saturday night to take on the Edmonton Oilers in a North Division battle. This will be the sixth time that these two programs will be facing off against one another and the Oilers won three games, including a 2-1 game on Thursday when they faced off. The Winnipeg Jets (18-10-2, 38 points) are third in the North Division. They are pretty stagnant as of late. The Edmonton Oilers (20-13-0, 40 points) are tied for the top spot in the North Division. They are now on a two-game winning streak heading into this game.

These teams are very similar statistically on both sides of the ice so it will be interesting to see which team can take advantage of some opportunities. Let’s take a deeper dive to decide where we should be placing our wagers.

Center of Attention

The Winnipeg Jets have been doing well in the early stages of this season and one of the bright spots is the play of center Mark Scheifele, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season. The team is as healthy as it will be this season so this is the Jets team we are going to have. Scheifele is fifth in the league in points as he has 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) this season and has recorded three points in his last five games played. In the last game against the Edmonton Oilers, he finished without scoring a point and attempted three shots in 23:51 on the ice. Scheifele has shown the ability to be one of the best players in the league and it’ll be time to see if the Jets can figure out a way to take advantage of one of the weaker goalie situations in the league.

Connor Hellebuyck has spent a majority of the season in the net for the Winnipeg Jets this season but backup Laurent Brossoit was in the goal for the last game. He was in the goal in the last game against the Edmonton Oilers, he held his own and allowed two goals on 21 shots in a loss to drop his record to 5-2-0 this season. The Jets have allowed 87 goals this season, which is 16th in the league. They have been average against opposing power plays as they have killed 56-of-72 (77.78 percent) of them so far this season. The Oilers are the top offense so this will be a chance for the Jets to show how solid they are defensively.

Best in the World

Edmonton has been starting to bounce back after 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 Oilers are dealing with a handful of injuries so it will be interesting to see some of the line changes. The 2015 first round pick is leading the league in assists and points while being second in goals as he has 58 points (20 goals, 38 assists) this season and has been on fire as he recorded 10 points in his last five games played. In his last game against the Winnipeg Jets, he finished with a pair of goals on four shots on goal in 23:19 on the ice. McDavid has shown the ability to dominate a game and it should be interesting to see if he can score against this struggling Winnipeg defense.

Mikko Koskinen has been the goalie for the Edmonton Oilers throughout most of the season thus far. In the last game against the Winnipeg Jets, he allowed a goal on 25 shots in a win to bring his record to 9-10-0 this season and has a 2.31 goals against per game average. As a team, they have allowed 95 total goals, which is 20th in the league. This defense is the worst aspect of the Oilers and is a below-average defense against power plays. They kill 74-of-97 (76.29 percent) of penalties so if they can improve their defense, they will be in a better spot for the rest of the season.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

Winning faceoffs means that you control the puck and can set up the offense compared to scrambling and putting pressure on your goalie. The Jets are 21st in the league with 48.4 percent while the Oilers are 12th with 51.3 percent. Looking at the talent on these teams, the offense of these teams leans heavily towards Edmonton here. The favorite has won in seven of the last 10 games between these two teams. All in all, go with the Edmonton Oilers to win on their home ice against the Winnipeg Jets in this game.

Edmonton Oilers -140

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Full-Game Total Pick

These teams are incredible at scoring the puck this season as the Jets are eighth in the league with 3.27 goals per game while the Oilers are fifth in the league with 3.39 goals per game this season. Looking at the totals from the last five games can tell us where we should be leaning in this game as Winnipeg is averaging six total goals per game while Edmonton is averaging 6.2 total goals per game in this span. The over hit in eight of the last nine Jets games while the over also hit in the last four Oilers games playing on one days rest. The numbers and trends are all pointing towards OVER 6 goals in this game.