The Winnipeg Jets (36-28-6) will begin a three-game Canadien road trip when they take on the Edmonton Oilers (37-24-9). Their match is scheduled for Wednesday night, with puck drop at 7 pm local time. This will be an important match for both teams. While they don’t reside in the same division, they do share a conference and both are fighting for their lives. The Jets precariously sit at 4th in the Central Division and 7th in the Western Conference with 78 points, while the Oilers are 2nd in the Pacific Division and 4th in the West with 83 points. Both teams only hold onto their positions by a slim margin. Wednesday will be the third and final meeting of the regular season between these teams, with their last one taking place just a couple of weeks ago. On February 29th, they faced off in Edmonton, and the Oilers’ steady scoring led them to a 3-2 victory over the Jets. The season series is tied 1-1.
Jets Keep Winning, Move Into Wildcard SpotThe Winnipeg Jets are starting the final stretch of the season on a good note. With just twelve games left in the regular season, they know that they’ll have to hustle if they want to keep this playoff spot. They’re still four points from breaking into the top three of the Central Division, and twelve points from moving up into the second-place slot, but with how they have been playing as of late, closing those gaps doesn’t seem so impossible. The Jets are on a three-game winning streak, with two of those games being against Western Conference rivals and one of them being a shutout. They’ll have to continue winning if they want their playoff dreams to remain viable, as their two closest Central Division rivals sit just one and two points behind them respectively.
The Jets’ most recent win came on Monday night when they faced off against the Arizona Coyotes to cap off a three-game homestand. The final score was 4-2 in Winnipeg’s favor, with all four of their goals coming past the first 20 minutes of the game. The game opened up in a rather exciting way, with the Jets’ Adam Lowry and the Yotes’ Lawson Crouse dropping the gloves at 2:07 in the first period. It was Lowry’s first shift back after missing 20 games following an upper-body injury. Opening up scoring for the Jets was Nikolaj Ehlers early in the second period. It would be his 25th goal of the season, and Ehlers would go on to tally two assists later in the game. The next Winnipeg goal came from Tucker Poolman, who tied things up at the end of the second period. The Jets would pull even further ahead in the third period, with Cody Eakin scoring at 11:33, then Mark Scheifele scoring in the final minute of the third period to seal the win for the Jets. In net was Connor Hellebuyck, who turned away 36 of 38 shots faced for a .947 save percentage.
Oilers Drop Crucial Game, Hope To Bounce BackThe Edmonton Oilers had been within one point of the top of the Pacific Division when they took the ice against the Vegas Golden Knights. Just a single victory and they would pull ahead of their foe and, at least for a time, hold the number one spot in the Pacific. They would have the added benefit of pulling even further ahead of the rest of the teams in the division, who are currently four and seven points behind them, respectively. Unfortunately for them, that’s not quite what happened on Monday night. The game wasn’t a total lost cause, they were able to salvage one point in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Knights, but the loss not only prevented them from moving into the number one spot but also allowed Vegas to pull even further ahead, now being three points out of reach.
The Oilers, despite shooting only half the number of shots that Vegas was able to put on net, kept pace with their division rival, and each period ended in a tie. The urgency and playoff-style that the game had is clearly reflected in the hit counter, with Vegas laying 37 hits on Edmonton, and Edmonton returning the favor with 46 hits of their own. The Oilers opened up scoring nine minutes into the first period, with Alex Chiasson finding the back of the net and putting his team up by one. They would lead for the next 8 minutes before a Vegas goal tied things up. The second period was scoreless, and the third would see the two teams trading goals again. This time Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the Oilers. Vegas would pull even with Edmonton just a few minutes later when they scored the last regulation goal of the game. Just over two minutes into overtime, the Knights would score and take a win back to Vegas. In goal for the Oilers was Mikko Koskinen, who only allowed 3 goals on 48 shots for a save percentage of .938.
- The Oilers are 5-5-3 when outshooting their opponent at home.
- The Oilers are 8-18-6 overall when their opponent scores first.
- The Jets are 11-3-0 when scoring first on the road.
- The Jets are 18-3-0 overall when leading after the first period.