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JN FlightPlan: Jets Look To Finally Earn A Win At Home On Sunday

Sundays haven’t exactly been the kindest to the Winnipeg Jets this season as the club has gone 0 for 2 on “Hometown Hockey” and tonight could be another tough one as Connor McDavid, James Neal and the surprisingly good Edmonton Oilers pay a visit to BMTSP and take on a Jets team that has just one win at home in four tries.

Edmonton Oilers (7-1-0 / 1st Pacific)
@
Winnipeg Jets (4-5-0 / 4th Central)

Oct 20, 2019 – Puck drop: 6:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
TV: Sportsnet One – Radio: TSN 1290

VS DET 2-1 W Last Game VS NYI 2-1 LOSS
4-1-0 (2 W) Last 5 Games 2-3-0 (3 L)
James Neal – 9 Goal Leader MARK SCHEIFELE – 4
Connor McDavid – 12 Assist Leader Patrik Laine – 9
Connor McDavid – 17 Points Leader SCHEIFELE / LAINE – 12
41.67% (1st) The Power Play 20.69% (15th)
88.89% (4th) The Penalty Kill 56.25% (31st)
Mike Smith
(3-1-0 / .917 SV%)
Starting Goalie Connor Hellebuyck
(3-3-0 / .919 SV%)
L @ CHI (32-34 / .941 SV%) Last Goalie Start L VS NYI (23-25 / .920 SV%)
3-1-0 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 1-3-0 AT HOME

Last Oilers Game

It was a bit of a goaltending duel as Mikko Koskinen and Jonathan Bernier had strong performances in goal, while the Oilers were able to get a 2-0 lead before hanging on in the final 10 minutes of the game to earn a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Fun Oilers Facts…

  • Neal scored his NHL-leading ninth goal of the season on against Detroit. He already has two more goals than he had in 2018-19.
  • Leon Draisaitl (6G, 10A – 16PTS) and McDavid (5G, 12A – 17PTS) have become the first set of teammates to record 15+ points through the first seven games of the season since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in 1995-96 with Pittsburgh.
  • Edmonton set an NHL record with five consecutive come-from-behind win to start the season.
  • INJURY REPORT: Joel Persson (Concussion), Joakim Nygard (Ribs – On IR), Adam Larsson (Leg – On LTIR)
  • MILESTONE WATCH: Tonight will be Kris Russel’s 800th NHL game. Markus Granlund is three points away from 100 career NHL points.

What OilersNation is Saying…

The Oilers have been uneven and imperfect along the way, as all teams are, under coach Dave Tippett. He’s been the first to point that out, as you’d expect. With a new group of players and a new coach, it’s going to take awhile for everybody to get on the same page consistently — for Tippett and fans and the players themselves to figure out how this is going to look.

The bottom line is they’re 7-1-0. After years and years where the learning curve included loss after loss after loss, of looking for silver linings after defeats and fans being told to be patient, the Oilers aren’t only putting the pieces together and learning as they go, they’re winning as they go. The points are in the bank and that beats the hell out of any consolation prize.

In the Bank

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Last Jets Game

The game against the Islanders was a marked improvement from their “efforts” against Pittsburgh and Arizona, but the Winnipeg Jets still dropped a third straight contest at home, falling to the Isles 2-1.

Fun Jets Facts…

  • The Jets are leading the NHL in fewest penalty minutes per game with an average of just 3.8 penalty minutes. Over the last six seasons the Jets have reduced their average penalty minutes, with their previous low being 8.5 minutes per game in 2017-18.
  • In the 2019 calendar year, the Jets are 13-9-2 on home ice, but have lost six of their past seven home games dating back to last season.
  • Head coach Paul Maurice is still one victory away from 700 wins.
  • The Jets are undefeated in regulation in their past six games against the Oilers (5-0-1)  and have outscored Edmonton 27-17 in those six games.
  • INJURY REPORT: Nathan Beaulieu (upper body – IR), Mark Letestu (upper body – IR), Anthony Bitetto (lower body)
  • MILESTONE WATCH: Mathieu Perreault needs one point to reach 200 as a member of the Jets.

What We’re Saying…

As mentioned the Jets do get a boost with Little back in the lineup after having missed the first nine games with a concussion suffered in the preseason. While the line of Kyle ConnorAndrew Copp and Nikolaj Ehlers has been outstanding and shouldn’t be messed with, it’s likely that Little will center that second line between Ehlers and KC, while Copp dips to the third line with Jack Roslovic and Adam Lowry.

WTWF: McDavid And The Oilers Flying High Into Winnipeg To Take On The Jets


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

Edmonton Oilers Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Leon Draisaitl
LEON DRAISAITL

Rating: 83.6#2 LW

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Connor McDavid
CONNOR MCDAVID

Rating: 85.5#1 C

Zack Kassian
ZACK KASSIAN

Rating: 71.2#79 RW

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FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.10#3 FL1
Alex Chiasson
ALEX CHIASSON

Rating: 71.2#80 LW

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS

Rating: 74.7#45 C

James Neal
JAMES NEAL

Rating: 73.9#41 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.26#19 FL2
Jujhar Khaira
JUJHAR KHAIRA

Rating: 68.6#143 LW

Riley Sheahan
RILEY SHEAHAN

Rating: 69.3#171 C

Patrick Russell
PATRICK RUSSELL
FL3 Rating
Rating: 68.95#31 FL3
Tomas Jurco
TOMAS JURCO

Rating: 72.5#58 LW

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 69.6#165 C

Josh Archibald
JOSH ARCHIBALD

Rating: 70.1#98 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.72#20 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Darnell Nurse
DARNELL NURSE

Rating: 73.8#42 LD

Ethan Bear
ETHAN BEAR

Rating: 72.5#61 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.18#25 DL1
Kris Russell
KRIS RUSSELL

Rating: 71.4#102 LD

Oscar Klefbom
OSCAR KLEFBOM

Rating: 75.3#18 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.37#19 DL2
Matt Benning
MATT BENNING

Rating: 71.5#98 LD

Brandon Manning
BRANDON MANNING

Rating: 70.5#95 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.04#25 DL3
GOALIES
Mikko Koskinen
MIKKO KOSKINEN

Rating: 67.9#31 G1

Mike Smith
MIKE SMITH

Rating: 66.0#42 G2

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 75.2#24 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 79.0#12 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 74.7#30 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.29#18 FL1
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 76.6#21 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 72.5#97 C

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 74.8#29 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.60#8 FL2
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 71.6#89 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 70.1#155 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 71.5#73 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.06#27 FL3
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 70.7#117 LW

David Gustafsson
DAVID GUSTAFSSON

Rating: 73.6#66 C

Gabriel Bourque
GABRIEL BOURQUE

Rating: 68.4#111 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.91#16 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.2#38 LD

Tucker Poolman
TUCKER POOLMAN

Rating: 72.2#67 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.23#24 DL1
Ville Heinola
VILLE HEINOLA

Rating: 73.8#4 LD

Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK

Rating: 71.8#75 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.78#22 DL2
Carl Dahlstrom
CARL DAHLSTROM

Rating: 71.0#108 LD

Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 70.6#111 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.82#27 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 68.2#27 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 66.1#40 G2