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Game Thread: Jets @ Oilers - Slipping Up In The Standings

The Oilers take on a Jets team in the throes of their playoff push.

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As it stands now, the Oilers have pulled three points ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes with a game in hand on the second-last place team. If Bill Daly were to draw the lottery balls today, Edmonton would have a 11.50 % chance of grabbing the first pick. It's only a meagre two percent worse than what the Coyotes would currently be playing with, but the standings as they sit now have the Oilers almost firmly out of the McEichel race—unless they hit the jackpot on lottery day.

With all that said, they'll be up against a highly motivated Winnipeg Jets squad looking to hold onto their playoff berth tonight at Rexall Place.

How to Tune In

The puck drops at 7:30 PM MT on Sportsnet Oilers.

What to Watch for From the Oilers

Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are on a stellar run as of late, as Ebs has 14 points (5G, 9A) during his current seven game point streak, while RNH is dazzling with 10 points (3G, 7A) over his previous five games. They've been combining for some pretty plays over the last half dozen or so games, so look for them to continue to entertain tonight against the Jets.

What to Watch for From the Jets

From our friends at Arctic Ice, sounds like the Jets might try to clog things up in order to keep Eberle and Nuge from rolling on.

The Jets with the addition of Myers and a new commitment to defense from the forwards have been pretty stingy in their own end. Keep the neutral zone a no mans land and snuff out the young guns on the Oilers before they get a chance to dangle.

Final Thought