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GAME PREVIEW: Game 33/56 Edmonton Oilers vs Winnipeg Jets

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Oilers can grab 20th win of season with win at home tonight

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Edmonton Oilers (19-13-0, 3rd in North) @

Winnipeg Jets (18-9-2, 2nd in North)

18 March 2021

Rogers Place

7 PM MST

TV: Sportsnet West

Radio: 630 CHED

SEVEN GOOD REASONS

Seven different Oilers scored a goal in Edmonton’s 7-3 rout in Calgary. Edmonton’s power play was a shiny three-for-four, Tyson Barrie had four assists and Mike Smith turned aside 30 shots to pick up his 10th win of the year. Edmonton’s victory was Flames coach Darryl Sutter’s first loss since he was named Calgary coach for the second time. The Oilers pick up two big points in the standings as they look to keep it coming when Winnipeg visits tonight.

Can the Oilers put up their 20th win of the year?

Let’s go to the tape.

THE OILERS ARE SAYING

“You don’t want to lose three in a row...It’s important to nip it in the bud quick and I think we did a good job from top to bottom. Played a good road game. But we really can’t take our foot off the gas.”

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That’s Oilers forward Zack Kassian after last night’s 7-3 win over the Calgary Flames.

Yesterday’s game was Zack Kassian’s first since an upper body injury kept him out for the last seventeen games. Kassian was rewarded with a goal in 14:23 of ice time.

THE JETS ARE SAYING

“You get a little bitter, a little sour taste and everybody, if we lose a game, we know that next night we’re coming out hard. Tonight, I thought overall, pretty good game. We let off the gas in the third period.”

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That’s Jets forward Kyle Connor after his club’s 4-3 OT win over the Montréal Canadiens on Wednesday.

The Jets have not lost in regulation after a loss this season.

HAVE SOME OF THIS

  • You like to score goals, I like to score goals. Let’s do each other a favour; why not keep Jesse Puljujärvi up top for a while? We’ve got everything on the checklist: net front presence; creates spaces, and he deflects this one from Tyson Barrie behind a confused Jacob Markstrom for the goal. I’ll take a dozen more, thanks.
  • 97-29: Both Connor McDavid (1-2-3) and Leon Draisaitl (0-3-3) had three point nights in Edmonton’s 7-3 win over Calgary. McDavid now has 56 points in 32 games, he still could hit 100 in 56 (he’s on pace for 98), and this pace would put him over 140 on the season.
  • TYSON BARRIE: I didn’t think that Tyson Barrie was going to be the hot button player this year, but he’s got a bunch of points and the prospect of him earning an extension with the club is causing anxiety among the base. You know who Tyson Barrie is; he’s an excellent option to QB the power play in Oscar Klefbom’s absence. At evens, I’ve got him down the lineup a bit, simply for his play in his own end. I don’t think either one of those takes is controversial in any fashion. Barrie is putting up a bunch of points, which is good. Of his points (28), it is important to note that over half of them (15) are secondary assists. They’re not worth any different in the box score, and that’s just fine. I don’t know that the Oilers are in the market to offer the soon-to-be 30 year old a multi year extension (they shouldn’t be), and if the Oilers want to push towards that way, it should be met with a shovel of skepticism. For now? Enjoy the points as the Oilers try to make the push into the playoffs.
  • THAT’S CALEB JONES’ MUSIC: TSN’s Ryan Rishaug reports that both Caleb Jones and Joakim Nygard had short skates today, which would indicate that both are likely to be in the lineup tonight. Just skylarking, but Jones might be in for Russell who blocked a shot so hard it blew a skate blade off. Nygard may be in to give someone a night off on the tail end of a back-to-back, so we’ll see.
  • NET GAINS: Mikko Koskinen will fly tonight for Edmonton (8-10-0, .901 SV% / 3.23 GAA). Connor Hellebuyck picked up the W for Winnipeg last night, leading me towards former Oiler Laurent Brossoit getting the nod for the Jets (5-1-0, .921 SV% / 2.48 GAA / 1 SO)
  • The Oilers picked up two very, very important points last night. Now, they face the club that’s neck-and-neck with them in the standings. A win tonight will tie the Oilers with the Leafs in points, though the Leafs will have games in hand. So go make magic out there.