The Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers are scheduled to meet at Rogers Place on Thursday night. Both teams played last night against different opponents. The Jets survived against the Montreal Canadiens at home after blowing a 3-1 lead in the final frame. The Habs scored two third period goals to force overtime, picking up a point for that effort, but failing to get the full two points on the board.
Kyle Connor scored twice for the Jets, while Nikolaj Ehlers scored the game-winner in overtime to preserve the win at home in Winnipeg. Meanwhile, it was yet another frustrating night for the Canadiens. The Canadiens fell to 13-8-8 on the season with the loss.
They picked up a point to collect their 34th point of the season. Despite their shortcomings this season, the Canadiens are still within reach of the lead in the North Division. As unlikely as it is, the Habs can still win the division if they pick up some momentum.
A six-point deficit isn’t impossible to overcome. For the Jets, they are on the heels of the Maple Leafs. They advanced to 18-9-2 and 38 points on the season with the win. Winnipeg is just a couple of points behind the Leafs now, and they’ve played one fewer game than Toronto.
Edmonton and Winnipeg are all locked up in the North Division with 38 points each. The Oilers are coming off an explosive 7-3 win over their rivals last night in Calgary. Seven different Oilers found the back of the net, including Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. McDavid led all players with five shots on net.
It was a nice response for the Oilers after they fell by a score of 4-3 two nights earlier against the Flames. We are seeing a lot of the Battle of Alberta this season because of the realignment with the divisions. The Oilers are winning so far, with 38 points compared to the Flames’ 31 points going into Thursday.
Mikko Koskinen is likely between the pipes after Mike Smith started last night, while Connor Hellebyuck played last night, so Laurent Brossoit could have his number called in the crease. Head below for our free Jets vs. Oilers pick on March 18, 2021.
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The Winnipeg Jets have been a sneaky good team this season. They are quietly coming from behind on the Maple Leafs and could have the lead in the North Division before long. With their quick strike offence, the Jets could bypass the Maple Leafs and take the top seed in the division. The trade of Patrik Laine has not hindered the Jets in the least.
They dealt Laine to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the offence has been clicking without him. Laine is one of the more inconsistent players in the NHL, so that certainly isn’t missed in Winnipeg. The Jets are sixth in the league with 3.3 goals scored per game. Their power play is ninth with a conversion rate of 25.9%.
The offence has been solid on the road as well with 3.23 goals per game. They are likely going to need all of the goals they can get on Thursday night, and with Mikko Koskinen probable for the Oilers between the pipes, the Jets should be able to stay hot offensively. Koskinen has posted a GAA of 3.23 and 0.901 save percentage through 18 appearances.
In four outings against the Jets, Koskinen has struggled with a 3.95 GAA and 0.882 save percentage in his career. The Jets are likely going to need all of the offence they can find against an Oilers squad that can light the lamp. That is no surprise with Connor McDavid on the roster healthy. McDavid has scored 18 goals and 38 assists for 56 points.
The Oilers are fourth in the NHL with 3.4 goals per game, including 28% on the power play. They are putting in an average of 3.56 goals per game at home, though allowing 3.22 goals per game at Rogers Place. In four games this season between the Oilers and Jets, there has been an average of 8.25 goals scored per game. I could see this contest tied at 3-3 deep in the third period. It should be a good one in Edmonton, with the OVER a logical bet between the Jets and Oilers.