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Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets
NHL: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at Bell MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
The Winnipeg Jets fell short of their goal of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals last year and are off to a 3-2-0 start this season as they look to continue their rise through the Central Division. The Edmonton Oilers are off to a tough start this season, beginning 1-2-0, looking to build some momentum after a disappointing campaign last year that saw them miss the playoffs.
These two teams are meeting for the first time in the 2018-19 season. The last time they played, Winnipeg beat Edmonton 5-0.
McDavid Helps Oilers Earn First Victory of the Season
The Edmonton Oilers earned their first victory of the season on Saturday as All-Star Connor McDavid scored a goal and added an assist in the 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers. Edmonton opens the season with four straight games on the road, and this was the third contest, with the road trip concluding in Winnipeg.
New York took the lead with a little more than seven minutes left in the first period. Mika Zibanejad netted his first goal to put the Rangers on top 1-0. The lead did not last long, however, as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied the score less than 90 seconds later with his first goal of the season.
In the second, it looked like New York would retake the lead. With a little less than five minutes left, the puck was loose in front of the Edmonton goal and looked like he was headed across the goal line when McDavid was able to make a brilliant play, pulling the puck away before across the goal line to keep the score tied.
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That proved to be huge. At the 6:23 mark of the third, Edmonton was on the power play. McDavid fired a backhand shot that looked like it was going to go wide, but hit off New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and into the goal for his first of the season. The Oilers held onto the victory thanks to 23 saves by Cam Talbot.
Through their first three games of the season, Edmonton is averaging 1.67 goals per game, scoring five goals while allowing 10. McDavid leads the team in scoring with 2 Goals and 3 Assists. Talbot has started all three games, posting a 2.71 goals-against average and is expected to start this contest as well.
Laurent Brossoit Saves 42 in Jets 3-1 Victory over Hurricane
With a real hurricane sweeping across the Carolinas, the Carolina Hurricanes traveled north of the border to take on the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. Laurent Brossoit made 42 saves and Bryan Little scored the go-ahead goal with a little over two minutes left in the third period to give Winnipeg the 3-1 victory.
This was a fantastic goaltending battle through the first two periods as neither team could find the back of the net. Carolina took control of the game early, outshooting Winnipeg in the first period, 18-6. In the second, the Jets were able to regain a little momentum, but Carolina still had the better of the opportunities as they finished off the second frame with a 14-13 advantage. It was only because of the spectacular goaltending of Brossoit that kept this game scoreless.
In the third, Winnipeg would get on the board. With the Jets on the power play, Blake Wheeler made a cross-ice pass to Patrik Laine, who blasted in the one-timer for his second goal of the season. At the 7:53 mark, the Hurricanes would tie the score. Sebastian Aho’s shot banged off the post and right to Micheal Ferland who put the puck back in for his third goal of the year.
It looked like this game may be headed to overtime, but with 2:09 left in the contest, defenseman Josh Morrissey raced down the left boards, passing across to Little in the slot who redirected the puck in for his first goal of the year. Kyle Connor added an empty-net goal, his fourth goal of the season to close out the scoring.
Winnipeg is averaging 2.2 goals per game while also allowing 2.2 goals per contest as they have scored and given up 11. Winnipeg has led in scoring by Connor, who has 4 goals and an assist. Blake Wheeler has a goal and 3 Assists and Josh Morrisey has posted 4 Assists this season. Connor Hellebuyck is expected to be in the net for this game. He has a 2.50 goals-against average in four starts and a 2-2 record with a .919 save percentage.
- Jets are 6-0 in their last six games against teams with a winning percentage below .400.
- Jets are 45-13 in their last 58 games at home.
- Jets are 23-11 in their last 34 games.
- Winnipeg dominated the season series last year, 3-1-0.
- Oilers are 3-7 in their last 10 games.
- Oilers are 1-5 in their last six games on the road.
- Oilers are 3-9 in their last 12 games against Central Division teams
- Edmonton leads the all-time series between these two teams 13-14-1.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both teams are coming off of victories but Winnipeg has been brutal at home over the last two campaigns. The sweep of this season’s series last year says a lot about who is the better team even today.
Prediction: Winnipeg Jets
Full-Game Total Pick
The total is set at 6.0 in this game, and with two teams that struggle to score goals, that seems high. Last season, the two teams averaged 4.8 goals per game total. Hellebuyck has a 2.50 GAA and Talbot is at 2.71. That makes the under seem like the much more likely option.
Prediction: Under 6 (-110)
Full-Game Prop Bet
Edmonton has scored in the first period of every game this season. So, when the line is set at 0.5 for their first-period score that is a pretty safe bet.
Prediction: Take Edmonton to go over (-170)
Half-Time Side Pick
Edmonton has scored in the first period of every game they have played this season. They have unfortunately been scored upon in the first period of every game, scoring three while giving up five. The Jets have scored in the first period in only two of their first five games while giving up goals in two different contests. The line is set at 1.5 for the first period, and since Edmonton has given up and scored a goal in the first period of each contest they have been in it makes sense to go with the over.
Prediction: Go over 1.5 (-135)