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Preseason Game #3: Edmonton Oilers @ Winnipeg Jets

Fresh off a couple of split-squad victories, Edmonton heads to Manitoba for some preseason action against the Jets

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports



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The opposing view


Flaming Desire

The Oilers took two wins from Calgary in Monday's split-squad action.  Kailer Yamamoto would score his first preseason goal in Calgary, while Drake Caggiula had a pair of markers.  Mark Letestu would lead the Oilers in Edmonton with a pair of goals, while Ryan Strome, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Patrick Maroon would also get in on the action.

Edmonton will look to continue a perfect preseason with tonight's matchup against the Jets in Winnipeg.

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers' head coach Todd McLellan on 2017 first round selection Kailer Yamamoto.  Yamamoto did not look out of place on Monday night against Calgary, and he scored a heck of a goal in the process.

The opponents are saying

That's Jets forward Patrik Laine on his team's penalty woes against the Minnesota Wild.  The Wild defeated the Jets 3-2 in a shootout on Monday, a game with seventeen minor penalties.

Have some of this

  • This is a big win for Oiler fans outside of the Oilers' viewing area.
  • LINES:  Two NHL lines and a whole lot of hopefuls. Top line looks like RNH running the roost with Jussi Jokinen and Kailer Yamamoto.  The good part?  More Yamamoto.  Could use some more Jesse Puljujarvi, who looks to be scratched tonight.  On defence, Russel / Benning looks to be a likely pair for the regular season.  Eric Gryba is there, and so will seventh D hopefull Yohann Auvitu
  • FACEOFF VIOLATIONS ARE THE NEW RAGE:  If you haven't heard (or seen) by now, you soon will.  No one simply gets tossed from the faceoff circle any longer, they get tossed into the penalty box after a faceoff violation.  Some fans love the new minor penalty for cheating at the dot.  It's all fun and games until it's your team picking up the minor.  If this is a penalty called into the regular season, players will have to change their faceoff cheatin' ways.  Personally I'm not thrilled about the minor penalty, but if it keeps players from sitting on the puck after a faceoff I'll learn to love it.
  • Usually we wait until seasons four or five before drawing the pitchforks out on a prospect.  This has got to be some kind of record.
  • Let's.  Go.  Oilers.