Edmonton opened its current two-game series against Winnipeg with a 4-3 victory and improved to 3-4-0 with six points. The Oilers are in fourth place in the North Division two points behind their current opponent Winnipeg and four points behind both Montreal and Toronto. In Edmonton's victory over Winnipeg, Leon Drasiasitl scored for Edmonton with just one second remaining in the game. Edmonton's Connor McDavid had three assists in the victory.
With its loss to Edmonton in the opening game of the series, Winnipeg saw its three-game winning streak snapped and the Jets are now 4-2-0 with eight points, two points behind both Montreal and Toronto. Besides losing to Edmonton, Winnipeg's only other loss was to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but Winnipeg has defeated the Calgary Flames and won three straight games over the Ottawa Senators.
Connor McDavid off to a strong startAlthough Edmonton is averaging just 2.71 goals per game through its first seven games of the regular season, center Connor McDavid is off to a strong start. McDavid is leading Edmonton in goals scored with four, assists with six and overall points with 10. Last year's leading scorer for Edmonton Leon Draisaitl has three goals and six assists.The Oilers must improve their power play as Edmonton is scoring just 11.5% of the time with the man advantage.
The Oilers defense needs to tighten up in front of goal as Edmonton is allowing an average of 3.29 goals per game. The only goalie to see action over the first seven games for Edmonton is Mikko Koskinen, who is 3-4-0 with a 3.18 goals-against-average and .907 save percentage. Koskinen has pushed aside 215 of the 237 shots on goal he has faced. Veteran backup Mike Smith remains sidelined with an undisclosed injury. Edmonton's penalty-kill unit has been effective 75.0% of the time.
Injury Report: Besides the aforementioned Mike Smith, Troy Groeenick is out indefinitely and Gaetan Haas is not due back until early February.
Jets Scoring Looks StrongWinnipeg has four victories in its first six games and much of that is thanks to its goal scoring as the Jets are scoring an average of 3.67 goals per game. Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers each have four goals to lead Winnipeg and Connor is the leader in points with 9, while Mark Scheifele is the assists leader with six. Connor leads Winnipeg in power-play goals with two. The Winnipeg power play is scoring 20.0% of the time.
The Jets are allowing an average of 2.83 goals per game and the penalty kill unit has been effective 76.5% of the time. Connor Hellebuyck is 3-1-0 with a 2.25 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage. Hellebuyck has pushed aside 104 of the 103 shots faced in goal. Backup netminder Laurent Brossoit is 1-1-0 with 3.46 goals against average and .912 save percentage.
Injury Report: Marco Dano, Pierre Luc-Dubois, Bryan Little, Tucker Poolman, Nate Thompson and Dominic Toninato are all out indefinitely for Winnipeg
- Winnipeg is 8-3 in the last 11 at home
- The Jets are 4-1 in the last five on one days rest
- Edmonton is 4-9 in the last 13
- The Oilers are 0-6 in the last 6 following a victory