JGD #59: Here come the Oilers

The Winnipeg Jets are back in action this evening as they host the Edmonton Oilers at the MTS centre in downtown Winnipeg. This is the second of the Oilers-Jets three game series, with the Jets beating the Oilers 3-2 in overtime with the previous bought.

The Jets enter today’s game holding onto the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference with a record of 29-19-10, while the Oilers have the last spot in the West with a 16-32-9 record. Both teams have struggled over their last 10, with Jets being 3-5-2 and the Oilers being 4-6-0.

LINES 

Lines provided by DailyFaceoff.com

Winnipeg 

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Halfway through the last game, Paul Maurice swapped their top-six right wingers, Drew Stafford and Blake Wheeler. Look for Maurice to continue with this updated lineup, adding some scoring punch to the second line. 

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Maurice continues keeping his right-handed shots separate, despite this spreading out their four most talented defenders. If the score is close late in the game, look to Maurice shortening his bench and running a Byfuglien-Trouba pair with the Enstrom-Myers pair.

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According to warmups, Michael Hutchinson will get his second consecutive start. This is a necessary step for the Jets in their drive for the playoffs. Pavelec sports a 43% win percentage while Hutchinson has actually taken the tougher match ups on average and still sports a 60% win percentage.

Detroit 

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How good is Taylor Hall? Good enough that he’s still a top three scorer despite only playing 47 games for the Oilers. Jordan Eberle leads the Oilers in goals, assists, and points with 15, 22, and 37 respectively. He also sports a very impressive -17. Ouch!

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The Oilers defensive core is one for the ages. While it does have some pieces in Jeff Petry, Oscar Klefbom, and Martin Marincin, it also has a lot of holes… like Jultz.

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Speaking of holes, Viktor Fasth will likely be playing in net today.

Predictions

Game Day Predictions: The Jets will scare us at first, maybe even letting in a bad goal, but will win. Jets always will be predicted to win. We are a Jets blog.

Obvious Predictions: Jultz gets caught in a bad pinch and allows a 2-on-1 against. 

Not So Obvious Predictions: Jets fourth line will have a negative shot differential. This would not normally fit in  the”not-so-obvious” category, but it is the Oilers.

Extra: New Jets Nation gear coming soon

We got some new gear coming to our Jets Nation store.

Here is a sneak peek of one of the pieces:

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What are your thoughts on it? Any suggestions?