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PRESEASON GAME THREAD: Winnipeg Jets @ Edmonton Oilers

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Winnipeg can’t score in the preseason, Connor McDavid and Jesse Puljujarvi are back for the Oilers. Let’s go.

NHL: Preseason-Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers
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Winnipeg Jets (0-2-1) @

Edmonton Oilers (4-0-0)

Saturday, September 23 2017

7 PM MDT - Rogers Place

TV: OilersTV (in AB, SK, NWT will link when provided), also TSN-3

LINES

Patrick MaroonConnor McDavidRyan Strome

Jussi JokinenRyan Nugent-HopkinsJesse Puljujarvi

Jujhar KhairaMark LetestuZack Kassian

Brad MaloneChris KellyPatrick Russell

Kris RussellMatt Benning

Darnell NurseEric Gryba

Dillon SimpsonCaleb Jones

Cam Talbot

Oilers look to keep a perfect preseason record as struggling Jets visit Rogers Place.

FOR EDMONTON

  • Three NHL lines and two NHL defensive pairs will take on a Jets squad with a fourth line, 3 NHL defencemen and nothing but prospects afterwards. With Cam Talbot in net, the Oilers need to just keep it together and the good times should roll.
  • Kailer Yamamoto gets a night off, but his preseason’s been anything but pedestrian. Four goals (and an assist) in three games should keep him on the big club for at least a few more games.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi is back tonight. He’ll start on a line with Jussi Jokinen and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Other than Connor McDavid, Puljujarvi will be the most-watched Oiler on the ice tonight.
  • Kris Russell and Matt Benning are your likely second pairing when the season opens, they’re number one in your hearts tonight. Dillon Simpson and Caleb Jones round it all out.
  • Cam!

FOR THE JETS

  • Preseason doesn’t count. That’s good, because the Jets have scored a whopping two goals in three total games, including a mighty zero in their last game against Minnesota.
  • It doesn’t get any easier for Winnipeg tonight. Their top line is their regular season fourth line (Shawn Matthias, Adam Lowry, Andrew Copp), and there’s a fair bit of Oiler firepower facing off against them.
  • Dustin Byfuglien and Josh Morrissey and Jet newcomer Dmitry Kulikov are the regulars on Winnipeg’s blue line.
  • Steve Mason will start between the pipes for Winnipeg

#GOILERS