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GAME RECAP: Edmonton Oilers 4, Winnipeg Jets 1

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All hail Jussi Jokinen. Mark Letestu, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Kailer Yamamoto too.

NHL: Preseason-Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets
Jussi Jokinen had a two point night
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The Winnipeg Jets dressed a full lineup at home. The Oilers had two lines and a handful of hopefuls. At the end of the game, it would be the Oilers who would emerge on top. Edmonton would score three unanswered goals in the second period en route to a 3-1 victory .

The bullets:

  • Winnipeg got the party started five minutes into the first. Nikolaj Ehlers scored a power play goal on a nice tic-tac-toe play from Tyler Myers and Jacob Trouba. A power play goal, it was Winnipeg’s only goal of the night.
  • Winnipeg hit a comically large number of goalposts tonight, it was something like four or five. The Jets would also go on to outshoot the Oilers by a 34-25 margin. With the Oilers icing just two lines of NHL players, this doesn’t chafe me like it would a regular season game.
  • Oilers started scoring just two minutes into the second period when Mark Letestu took a beautiful pass from Jussi Jokinen on the power play. Mark Letestu tapped it into a yawning net to make it 1-all. I’ll take that about 20 times this season. If the Oilers can work Jokinen into 35-40 points, it’ll be one of Chiarelli’s best offseason moves since joining the Oilers. More on Jokinen in a little bit.
  • Thirteen seconds later, Jujhar Khaira got in on the action. Two goals in two games for Jujhar Khaira, this one puts Edmonton up 2-1. Zack Kassian picked up a puck from a Jets defenceman Sami Niku at the Jets blue line. Kassian took it to the net and Jujhar banged it home. 2-1!
  • Some fancy foot-eye coordination was on display as Kailer Yamamoto dribbled in a goal off his skate during the second period. The goal was disallowed after it crossed the line, but it’s a little more of that wherewithal we saw in his preseason debut on Monday night.
  • Jussi Jokinen would score a goal that was similar to the one to Yamamoto’s, except Jokinen’s goal would count. Mark Letestu would earn his second point of the night feeding Jussi Jokinen. Jokinen took the puck off the skate and behind Mason. 3-1 Oilers.
  • Laurent Brossoit played about 34 minutes, while Nick Ellis filled in the rest. Brossoit was in net for a handful of posts, but he kept out all but one. Ellis turned aside all 13 shots he faced, LB turned away 18 of 19.
  • Kailer Yamamoto would finally get on the board with an empty netter. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would pick up his third assist of the game. Oilers go home happy 4-1.
  • Second period was easily Edmonton’s strongest. Things tend to work out that way when you score three goals. Heck, Ty Rattie was in on a few rushes. It’s only one preseason matchup and the game could’ve been a lot different if a couple of those posts changed direction.
  • WHO STOOD OUT? Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had three assists. Jussi Jokinen and Mark Letestu were running circles around the opposition. Kailer Yamamoto is going to be hard to cut right now.
  • WHO WAS A LIABILITY? Let’s just say I’m happy that this was a B team against another club’s A team, especially on defence.
  • Oilers Special Teams: 2/4 PP, 4/5 PK
  • AFTER SIXTY: During the postgame, McLellan suggested that the team will make some significant cuts tomorrow after practice.
  • Oilers are in action Friday against Vancouver, they’ll be back home to take on the Jets again on Saturday.