The NHL is set up with a great night of action on Tuesday night. Thirteen games are up on the board throughout January 26. One of these games will be between the Edmonton Oilers and the Winnipeg Jets. These two teams have had strong starts to the NHL season and will look to get another big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Oilers have opened up this season with a record of 3-4, which has them sitting in fourth place of the North Division. Edmonton is coming off a win in their last game and will look to go for the sweep on the Jets in this first back to back. I expect the Oilers to try and come out hot in this one as they look to get back to .500 early in the season.
Winnipeg has put up a record of 4-2 so far this season, which has them sitting in third place of the North Division. The Jets have come out hot this season, but had a tough loss in their last game. Winnipeg had won three games in a row before that and will look to get back in the win column in this one. The Jets loss on Sunday night was a backbreaker and they will look to bounce back in this one.
These two teams have been doing well throughout the early portion of this season, which has helped them earn playoff spots in the North Division early. I expect both teams to come out better in this one as they look for a big win. If either team can come out quickly on Tuesday night, it could be enough to earn a huge early season tilt in the division.
The Oilers and the Jets met up three times throughout last season. The first meeting was in Winnipeg on October 20. Neither team could get going on offense throughout the game. Mike Smith stopped all 23 shots he faced, while Connor Hellebuyck had 28 saves. Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine each scored in the shootout to give the Jets a 1-0 win.
The second game shifted to Edmonton on February 29. Logan Shaw and Kyle Connor both scored for the Jets in this one, but it was not enough. Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and two assists. Connor McDavid had two assists on the night as well. Mike Smith turned away 39 of 41 shots as the Oilers won 3-2.
The final game of the season series stayed in Edmonton on March 11. Tyler Ennis and Connor McDavid both scored for the Oilers, which was not enough. Kyle Connor had two goals, while Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 of 38 shots to help lead the Jets to a 4-2 win on the road to win the season series.
The first game of this season’s series was on January 24. Adam Lowry, Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers all scored for the Jets, but it was not enough. Connor McDavid had three assists on the night, while Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist. Draisaitl scored the game winner as time expired to help lift the Oilers to a nice 4-3 win on the road.
Edmonton’s special teams have not gotten off to the best start this season. The Oilers have capitalized on 3 of their 26 power play opportunities, which is an 11.5 percent success rate. Edmonton has killed off 15 of the 20 penalties against them, which is a 75 percent penalty kill. The Oilers will look to improve on special teams as they enter this one.
The Jets have been solid on the power play throughout this season, but their penalty kill has struggled. Winnipeg has been able to score on 5 of their 25 power play chances, which is a 20 percent power play. The Jets have given up 4 power play goals on 17 attempts to opposing teams, which is a 76.5 percent kill rate. Winnipeg will look to improve on the penalty kill in this one.
Neither team has been great on the penalty kill so far this season, but the Jets have the edge on the power play. If Edmonton can get going on the power play in this one, it could give them an edge. The Oilers had the top power play last season and will look to find some of that magic again as this season progresses. I expect Edmonton to try and get going early on the power play in this one.
I expect Mikko Koskinen to get the start in the crease in this one for the Oilers. Koskinen has started in all of Edmonton’s games so far this season, going 3-4. He has posted a save percentage of .907 and a 3.18 GAA through those starts. Koskinen stopped 35 of 38 shots in Sunday’s win over Winnipeg and will look to build upon that performance in this one.
Connor Hellebuyck will likely get the nod in the net for the Jets on Tuesday night. Hellebuyck has started four games so far this season, posing a 3-1 record. He has earned a .920 save percentage and a GAA of 2.25 throughout his games played. Hellebuyck’s last start was against the Senators, where he turned away 18 of 21 shots in a winning effort.
These two goalies have had a strong start to this season. Hellebuyck will get the nod in the net for Winnipeg after sitting out Sunday’s matchup with the Oilers. He will look to come out hot after the extra day of rest. If Edmonton can keep putting up a strong defense in front of Koskinen, it could help give them the edge. The Jets will look to put the pressure on Koskinen early and often to tire him out.
Winnipeg is coming off a tough loss to the Oilers in the dying moments of Sunday’s game. The Jets will look to come out better in this one. If Hellebuyck can come out strong in this one after having the day off, I think it should be enough to give Winnipeg the win. The Jets have played well to open up the season and I think their depth will give them the edge over Edmonton.
BetOnline has the Oilers listed as a -115 against the money line, which implies that Edmonton will win this game 53.5 percent of the time. Winnipeg should have at least gotten a point in Sunday nights game and that should motivate them coming into this one. The Jets will look to come out fast in this one to earn a victory at home.