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JNGD.S8.G39 Flight Plan: Jets Look To End 2018 The Same Way They Ended 2017.. Win Big In Edmonton

It’s a battle of two teams that are each in a bit of a slump as of late. One team is seemingly lost in the woods, has fans frustrated and media trying to put positive spins on management and coaching moves that seem illogical. The other team is the Winnipeg Jets.

This is their third and final meeting this season.

Winnipeg Jets (24-12-2 / 1st Central)
@
Edmonton Oilers (18-17-3 / 6th Pacific)

December 31, 2018 – Puck drop: 8:00 PM CST
Rogers Place – Edmonton, AB
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

vs MIN: 3-1 Loss Last Game vs SJS: 7-4 Loss
2-3-0 (2 L) Last 5 Games 0-5-0 (5 L)
Patrik Laine – 24 Goal Leader Connor McDavid – 21
Blake Wheeler – 44 Assist Leader Connor McDavid – 35
Scheifele / Wheeler – 49 Points Leader Connor McDavid – 56
28.57% (2nd) The Power Play 21.55% (12th)
82.14% (10th) The Penalty Kill 76.47% (26th)
Connor Hellebuyck
(16-11-1 / .909 SV%)
Starting Goalie Mikko Koskinen
(11-6-1 / .918 SV%)
L vs MIN (22-24/ .917 SV%) Last Goalie Start L vs VAN (2-6 / .333 SV%)
11-6-0 on road Road v Home Record 10-8-1 at home

Jets Player To Watch

#81 Kyle Connor – Left Wing

The Jets offense has seemingly dropped off the face of the earth over the last as they’ve only managed one goal in four of their last five games and a big part of that drop off has been due to the slump of Kyle Connor who has gone point less in his last eight games played. In fact his entire December wasn’t very good with just three goals and one assist in 14 games played. Perhaps he’s working on trying to keep the cost of his next contract low, but the Jets need him to find the play that had people suggesting that he was developing into a line driver instead of just merely a passenger.

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Kyle Connor’s December
Scor Scor Scor
Rk Date Tm Opp G A PTS +/- PIM S SHFT TOI HIT BLK
25 2018-12-01 WPG @ NJD W 0 0 0 0 2 3 23 16:43 0 0
26 2018-12-02 WPG @ NYR W 0 0 0 -3 0 5 24 19:38 1 0
27 2018-12-04 WPG @ NYI W 0 1 1 -1 0 2 18 17:57 0 0
28 2018-12-07 WPG STL L 0 0 0 0 0 2 22 24:03 0 0
29 2018-12-09 WPG PHI W 1 0 1 1 0 4 19 17:42 0 0
30 2018-12-11 WPG CHI W 2 0 2 -1 0 5 20 20:26 0 1
31 2018-12-13 WPG EDM W 0 0 0 2 0 3 22 19:08 0 0
32 2018-12-14 WPG @ CHI W 0 0 0 -2 0 5 23 19:19 0 0
33 2018-12-16 WPG TBL W 0 0 0 0 0 2 20 19:21 0 0
34 2018-12-18 WPG @ LAK L 0 0 0 -2 0 3 21 19:17 0 0
35 2018-12-20 WPG @ SJS W 0 0 0 0 0 1 23 19:39 0 2
36 2018-12-22 WPG @ VAN W 0 0 0 0 0 3 20 21:09 0 0
37 2018-12-27 WPG CGY L 0 0 0 -3 0 3 19 17:13 0 0
38 2018-12-29 WPG MIN L 0 0 0 -1 0 2 25 21:31 0 0

Last Jets Game

“Not great, Bob!”

Jets Notebook

  • Tonight is the rubber match of the three game season series between the two teams. Both games were settled in 5-4 overtime wins, the Oilers winning on Oct 16 and the Jets returning the favor on December 13. The Jets have earned a point in each of the last five games against Edmonton going back to last season.
  • With Dustin Byfuglien now out due to injury for the next four weeks at the very least, the Jets have called up Sami Niku on Monday morning. He won’t play tonight but could draw in the new year.
  • The Jets have won seven of their last eight games on the road.
  • Winnipeg has not lost three games in a row yet this season. The last time they did (in the regular season that is) was in March of 2017.

Oilers Player To Watch

#19 Mikko Koskinen – Goalie

There was a brief moment midway through this past month where a lot of Oilers fans and media felt that the 30 year old Finnish goaltender was about to take over as the Oilers number one guy in net as he had a 11-3-1 record and three shutouts along the way.

Since then he’s lost his last three games in a row with save percentages below .900 and the last game was especially bad as he gave up four goals on six shots faced against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Oilers need a lot of help pretty much everywhere outside of Connor McDavid, but if Koskinen can rebound and regain the form he had in the first part of the season, it would go a long way in help righting the ship in Edmonton.

Mikko Koskinen’s December
Goal Goal Goal Goal
Rk Date Tm Opp DEC GA SA SV SV%
12 2018-12-01 EDM VEG W W 1 32 31 .969
13 2018-12-03 EDM @ DAL L L 3 24 21 .875
14 2018-12-09 EDM CGY W W 0 24 24 1.000
15 2018-12-11 EDM @ COL W W 4 43 39 .907
16 2018-12-14 EDM PHI W W 1 32 31 .969
17 2018-12-16 EDM @ VAN L L 3 29 26 .897
18 2018-12-22 EDM TBL L L 5 44 39 .886
19 2018-12-27 EDM VAN L L 4 6 2 .333

Last Oilers Game

Groundskeeper #1: [In Japanese] They’re still shitty.
Groundskeeper #2: Hai.

Oilers Notebook

  • Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli has been busy rearranging chairs on the Titanic trying to help his hockey club get back on track by pulling off a couple of deals on Sunday. He did so by dealing sub-average defenseman Chris Wideman for also sub-average (but slightly younger) defenseman Alex Petrovic from the Florida Panthers. Not contend with one head scratching move, he then traded away popular grinding forward Drake Caggiula and sub-average defenseman Jason Garrison for some guy playing in the Swedish Hockey League and somewhat average defenseman Brandon Manning.

Wait… they traded for…

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Goddamnit Chiarelli.

Let’s see how our friends over at OilersNation are taking this news…

Manning, who is infamously known for breaking Connor McDavid’s collarbone in his rookie year and allegedly admitted intent to do so, is not a good defenceman. He has three points in 27 games this year playing 15.5 minutes a game and his goals for/against is

He, without a doubt, is not a better defenceman than Kris Russell, Alex Petrovic, Matt Benning, or Jason Garrison, so what is the point in bringing in another bottom-tier defender?

Let’s not even get started about how bad the optics are of trading for a player who seriously injured your franchise player, and best player in the world.

Oilers trade Caggiula, Garrison to Blackhawks

No matter how bad you think your hockey team has it, just be glad it isn’t the Oilers.

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Even if the Oilers somehow win this game – and given how the Jets have played recently, it could happen – it still might be a loss for Oilers fans because it would just re-affirm how much of a “genius” Chiarelli is.

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Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

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including power play and penalty kill lines by checking out our line combo page.

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 78.1#14 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 86.7#4 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 80.4#8 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 81.74#1 FL1
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 75.9#24 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 72.7#95 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 80.0#11 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.19#9 FL2
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 73.3#74 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 74.0#60 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 70.9#89 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.73#10 FL3
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 71.9#75 LW

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 69.3#173 C

Brendan Lemieux
BRENDAN LEMIEUX

Rating: 72.1#77 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.09#7 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.7#28 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 76.6#24 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.63#13 DL1
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 70.5#107 LD

Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 71.3#70 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.93#27 DL2
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 69.9#118 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 74.2#33 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.04#12 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 75.0#17 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 66.2#64 G2

Edmonton Oilers Lines

Forwards

Jujhar Khaira – Connor McDavid – Ty Rattie

Ryan Spooner – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jesse Puljujarvi

Tobias Rieder – Leon Draisaitl – Kailer Yamamoto

Milan Lucic – Kyle Brodziak – Zack Kassian

Defence

Darnell Nurse – Alex Petrovic

Caleb Jones – Adam Larsson

Brandon Manning – Matt Benning

Goalies

Mikko Koskinen – Cam Talbot