The NHL is set up with another great night of action throughout April 28. Seven games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the Edmonton Oilers and the Winnipeg Jets. These two teams have been strong this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 9:00 PM Eastern time.
Edmonton has earned a record of 28-16-2 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the North Division. The Oilers are seven points back on the top spot and will look to try and catch it with a late season push. Edmonton is coming off a win in their last game and have won five of their last seven. The Oilers will look to keep it up in this one.
The Jets have put up a record of 27-18-3 to this point in the season, which has them in third place of the North Division. Winnipeg is only one point behind the Oilers and six points up on the Montreal Canadiens. The Jets have lost four in a row entering this matchup. Winnipeg will look to get back on track with a much needed two points in this one.
These two teams have been strong throughout this season and it seems they will meet in the first round of the playoffs. This should lead to a great season finale to the series on Wednesday night. The Oilers have been much better as of late, but Winnipeg will look to bounce back in this one. If either team can control the pace early, it could be enough for the win.
The Oilers and the Jets have met up eight times throughout this season. Winnipeg hosted the first two games of the season series on January 24 and 26. Connor McDavid had three assists in the first game, while Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist to give Edmonton a 4-3 win. Andrew Copp had two goals and two assists in the second game as the Jets bounced back with a 6-4 win.
The third and fourth game of the season series shifted to Edmonton on February 15 and 17. Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists in the third game to help lift Winnipeg to a 6-5 win on the road. Leon Draisaitl had two goals in the fourth game, while Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both had two assists to help the Oilers win 3-2.
Edmonton also hosted the fifth and sixth game of the season series on March 18 and 20. Connor McDavid had two goals in the fifth meeting, while Tyson Barrie had two assists. Mikko Koskinen stopped 24 of 25 shots as the Oilers won 2-1. Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse both had a goal and an assist in the sixth matchup to lift Edmonton to a 4-2 win.
The seventh and eighth game of the season series were in Winnipeg on April 17 and 26. Tyson Barrie had a goal and an assist in the seventh game. Mike Smith stopped all 26 shots he faced as the Oilers earned a 3-0 win. Connor McDavid had three goals and an assist, while Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist in the eighth game to give Edmonton a 6-1 win.
The Oilers have been dangerous on the power play throughout this season. Edmonton has capitalized on 38 of their 146 power play opportunities, which is a 26 percent success rate. The Oilers have struggled a bit on the penalty kill though. Edmonton has given up 27 power play goals on 130 penalties against, which is a 79.2 percent penalty kill.
Winnipeg has been strong on both sides of special teams so far this season. The Jets have scored on 36 of their 141 power play attempts, which is a 25.5 percent power play. Winnipeg has killed off 104 of their opponents 128 power play chances, which is an 81.3 percent kill rate. The Jets will look to use special teams to their advantage in this one.
The Jets have been slightly better on special teams so far this season. Edmonton has the slightly better power play, but Winnipeg’s penalty kill could slow them down. If the Jets can attack the Oilers power play in this one, it could be enough to grab the win. Neither team has been heavily penalized this season and will look to stay out of the box in this one.
I expect Mike Smith to get the start in the net for Edmonton in this one. Smith has earned a record of 17-5-2 throughout his games played this season. He has posted a save percentage of .923 and a 2.32 GAA in his starts. Smith finished with 36 saves on 37 shots in his last start against Winnipeg and will look to repeat those numbers in this one.
Connor Hellebuyck will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Jets on Wednesday night. Hellebuyck has started in 39 games this season, going 21-14-3. He has put up a .913 save percentage and a GAA of 2.70. Hellebuyck’s last start was against the Oilers, where he stopped 17 of 23 shots in the losing effort.
These two goalies have been solid throughout this season. Smith gives Edmonton the edge in this one with his performance so far this season. Hellebuyck got pulled after two periods in his last start against the Oilers though and will look for revenge in this one. If Hellebuyck can come out stronger in this one, I think it will be enough for the win.
Edmonton has had success against the Jets as of late and will look to keep it going in this one. The Oilers have won five in a row against Winnipeg. I think that the Jets will bounce back with a big win in this one though. Winnipeg has struggled as of late, but I think they will come out stronger in this one. If Hellebuyck can come out quickly for the Jets, it could lift Winnipeg to a big win.
BetOnline has Edmonton listed as a -113 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Oilers will win this game around 53.1 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with how these two teams have been in the standings. Winnipeg as a home underdog seems like a steal to me. I think that the Jets will come out hot after Monday’s rough loss to earn a big win in this one.