Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers

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The Winnipeg Jets will travel to Rogers Place on Thursday night to take on the Edmonton Oilers in a North Division battle. This will be the fifth time that these two programs will be facing off against one another and they have split the first four games with three of them ending within one goal. The Winnipeg Jets (17-9-2, 36 points) are tied for second in the North Division. They are pretty stagnant as of late and are coming into this game on the second game of a back-to-back as they played against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. The Edmonton Oilers (18-13-0, 36 points) are also tied for second place in the North Division. They are on a bit of a losing streak and are also on the second half of a back-to-back as they played in Calgary against the Flames on Wednesday.

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. PUBLISHED BEFORE FIRST GAME

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 five points in his last five games played. In the last game against the Montreal Canadiens, he finished with an assist and attempted three shots in 20:28 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. He was in the goal in the last game against the Montreal Canadiens, he held his own and allowed three goals on 30 shots in a loss to drop his record to 12-8-2 this season. The Jets have allowed 82 goals this season, which is 14th in the league. They have been average against opposing power plays as they have killed 53-of-69 (76.81 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 53 points (17 goals, 36 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 Calgary Flames, he finished with an assist and three shots on goal in 25:52 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, but backup Mike Smith was in the goal in the last game. In the last game against the Calgary Flames, he allowed four goals on 27 shots in a loss to drop his record to 9-3-0 this season and has a 2.31 goals against per game average. As a team, they have allowed 91 total goals, which is 21st in the league. This defense is the worst aspect of the Oilers and is a below-average defense against power plays. They kill 71-of-93 (76.34 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.

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These teams are very similar in most of the categories this season but there are a few differences here that should help us. First off, the difference of having Connor McDavid as he is top two in the league with points, assists, and goals. In his four games against the Jets, he has a goal and eight assists. The next thing is the number of shots attempted by these teams as Winnipeg is tied for 17th in the league with 29.7 shots per game while Edmonton is sixth in the league with 31.5 shots per game. The Oilers have been hot at home as of late so go with the Edmonton Oilers to win in this game here.

Prediction:
Edmonton -130

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These teams can both score goals at will. The Jets and Oilers are both tied for sixth in the league with 3.32 goals per game. These goalies are just marginal at best as Winnipeg is 15th in the league with 2.89 goals allowed per game while Edmonton is 16th in the league allowing 2.90 goals per game. These teams have a lot of scoring in their recent games as the Jets have seven total goals in their last five games while the Oilers have 6.5 total goals in their last four games. The over has hit in the last seven Jets games while it also is 15-7-1 in their last 23 games against teams with a .600+ winning percentage. All the numbers are pointing towards the OVER in this game.

Prediction:
Over 6.5