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GAME PREVIEW: Game 34/56 Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets

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Oilers can make case to be division leaders with win tonight

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers (19-13-0, 2nd in North) vs

Winnipeg Jets (18-11-2, 3rd in North)

20 March 2021

Rogers Place

8 PM MST

TV: CBC

Radio: 630 CHED

TWO IS ENOUGH

Edmonton needed just two goals to take two points in Thursday’s matchup against the Winnipeg Jets. Both Oiler goals were scored by Connor McDavid and Mikko Koskinen picked up his ninth win of the season with 24 saves on 25 shots. Both of these teams were coming off games on Wednesday, and it looked like two tired clubs meandering about the ice at times. The Oilers will gladly take two points, as they are now tied with the Maple Leafs atop the division.

The Oilers will host the Jets one more time as they look to keep near the top of the standings with a win tonight. Can the Oilers slip by the Jets twice in two games?

Let’s go to the tape.

THE OILERS ARE SAYING

“Connor’s game has been really solid all year...Even the Toronto games where he didn’t get on the score sheet, if you look at the chances he was creating, there was still lots to like about his game. When he capitalizes, people notice that more and he capitalizes a lot, so he has an impact on the game.”

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That’s Oilers head coach Dave Tippett on Connor McDavid after Edmonton’s 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

McDavid’s two goals give him 20 goals on the year and 58 points. There’s plenty of reason to believe that he may reach the 100 point mark in just 56 games. With 23 games to go, he’d need 42 points, or just under 2 per game. McDavid is currently on an eight game point streak.

THE JETS ARE SAYING

“It’s fine,”

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That’s Jets captain Mark Scheifele after his club’s 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Schiefele blocked a shot with his left leg with half a minute remaining in the first period. He made it back on the ice for the beginning of the second period, and should be in the lineup tonight.

HAVE SOME OF THIS

  • LOOKING FORWARD: Just about three weeks until the trade deadline (it’s more like one week if you’re looking at getting anyone playing in the States right now), and there’s a few things that the Oilers could probably add to their shopping list. I don’t like to put the cart before the horse, but the Oilers need about thirteen more wins to ensure they get to the second season this year. A scoring winger is number one on my shopping list, are there any of those out there?
  • MAKING IT WORK: Since Edmonton’s 3-6 start to the season, they’ve turned things around going 17-7 in that time period. The keys to the ride? Scoring. After some bouncing around, they’re currently ranked fourth in the league for goals scored (3.39 per game), and they’re right in the middle when it comes to goals allowed (2.88 per game). Edmonton is going to need to ride their top talent up front in order to get to the dance and make some noise.
  • EIGHT DAYS A WEEK: Connor McDavid is on an eight game scoring streak dating back to the three game debacle against the Leafs. In case you’ve forgotten about the Leaf games, so have I.
  • Jujhar Khaira is going to be back tonight after getting his bell rung against Calgary. Josh Archibald will slot into 2RW for Kailer Yamamoto, who is out with an upper body injury.
  • NET GAINS: I’d expect Mike Smith (10-3-0, .920 SV% / 2.36 GAA / 2 SO) to get the nod tonight, while Connor Hellebuyck (13-8-2, .911 SV% / 2.82 GAA) will likely go for the Jets.
  • If the Oilers win and the Flames defeat Toronto, the Oilers will have sole ownership of first in the North. That’d be loads of fun.