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2021 NORTH DIVISION PLAYOFF GAME THREAD: Game 2 Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets

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Oilers need a win to send it back to Winnipeg with a split.

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

Edmonton Oilers (0-1)

Winnipeg Jets (1-0)

21 May 2021

7 PM MST

Rogers Place

TV: CBC, Sportsnet

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Arctic Ice Hockey

It’s only game two of this best-of-seven series with the Jets, but the Oilers need a win tonight. Heading to Winnipeg with a split is critical; games 3 and 4 are played on back-to-back nights on Sunday / Monday. The Oilers also don’t want to put themselves in a position needing four wins in the next five games. Let’s not go down that pathway. Let’s go down a different pathway, one where the Oilers head to Winnipeg with a 1-1 split.

THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR

  • START ME UP - Oilers would do well to avoid a slow start tonight. The Oilers didn’t have a shot in Wednesday’s game until Tyson Barrie had one nearly nine minutes into the first.
  • After missing game one, the Jets are due to get Pierre-Luc Dubois back from injury. The Jets are still missing Nikolaj Ehlers, but Dubois is a big help to a team that was missing two on Wednesday night.
  • Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl were both held without a point in Wednesday night’s loss. That can’t possibly happen again tonight. Look for 97 and 29 to find the scoresheet tonight, else there’s likely a-trouble brewin’.

It’s go time for the Oilers tonight. Win one and you head to Winnipeg feeling fine. Going down 0-2? Let’s not.