Facing each other for the third and final time this year, the Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers collide at Rogers Place. The action will get started at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 11, and fans at home will be able to catch this Western Conference matchup live on RSN.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Edmonton Oilers Odds
The Oilers are 37-33 straight up (SU) and have netted 6.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, the second-best in the Pacific Division so far this season, is a refreshing turnaround from what the team did during the 2018-19 season (35-47). Among the team’s 70 games this season, 33 have gone over the total, while another 33 have gone under and just four have pushed. The team is 17-16 SU at home this year.
Edmonton enters the matchup with the best power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s found the net on 29.6 percent of their extra-man advantages this season. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.4 percent of all penalties.
As a team, Edmonton has been penalized just 3.4 times per game overall this season, 3.0 per game over its past five games total, and 3.0 per game over its last five home outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays for just 5.6 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, in total.
With a .917 save percentage and 28.4 saves per game, Mikko Koskinen (19-19-3) has been the top option in goal for the Oilers this season. If head coach Dave Tippett decides to give him the evening off, however, the Oilers might turn to Mike Smith (19-19-19 record, .903 save percentage, 2.94 goals against average).
The Oilers will continue to lean on the offensive production from Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid. Draisaitl (110 points) has put up 43 goals and 67 assists and has recorded multiple points on 33 different occasions this year. McDavid has 33 goals and 63 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 46 contests.
On the visitors’ side of the ice, Winnipeg is 36-34 straight up (SU) and has netted 4.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 70 regular season matches, 38 of its games have gone under the total, while 30 have gone over and just two have pushed. Winnipeg’s 16-17 SU as the away team this season.
Winnipeg has converted on 20.4 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 22nd overall and it’s successfully defended 77.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
Winnipeg’s skaters have been penalized only 3.1 times per game this season, and 2.2 per game over their last five match ups. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 8.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Connor Hellebuyck (28.4 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Winnipeg. Hellebuyck owns a 31-26-5 record, and has registered a .922 save percentage and 2.58 goals against average this year.
Mark Scheifele (29 goals, 43 assists) and Kyle Connor (36 goals, 35 assists) are the top point-getters for Winnipeg and will lead the attack for the visiting Jets.
Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers Free Picks
NHL Tip: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Under
Four of Winnipeg’s last five games have gone under the total.
Extra-man opportunities could have a key role in this matchup. The Jets are 17-20 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 25-30 when they’re in the box for fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Oilers are 15-9 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 28-24 when they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
Winnipeg is 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Edmonton is 2-2 in shootouts.
Edmonton is ranked 6th overall with 8.3 takeaways per game. That figure has trended down lately, however, as the team has forced 7.1 takeaways over its last 10 games and 7.6 takeaways over its last five.
Winnipeg has allowed 2.9 goals per game overall this season, but is giving up only 1.0 per contest over their three-game winning streak.
Winnipeg has averaged 6.8 takeaways per game (ranked 23rd in the league).