Sat, Mar 20, 2021
By Jim Vassallo (Veri.bet Writer)
The Winnipeg Jets (18-10-2) visit the Edmonton Oilers (20-13-0) on Saturday, March 20, at 10 PM ET.
These two teams are battling it out in the North Division as the Oilers sit in second place and the Jets sit in third. Edmonton has 40 points and is in a virtual tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs for first, while Winnipeg is hot on their tails with 38 points.
The top six teams in the division are separated by just seven points.
The Jets are just 5-4-1 in their last 10 games played, scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game and allowing an average of 3.2 goals per game.
The Oilers are 6-4-0 in their last 10 contests, scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game while allowing an average of 2.6 goals per game.
Connor McDavid leads the Oilers with 58 points; 20 goals and 38 assists. Kyle Connor is the leading scorer for the Jets with 16 goals and 29 points. Winnipeg has received a scoring outburst from Paul Stastny of late, scoring five goals and two assists in their last 10 games.
The Oilers have a slew of players on the injury list heading into tonight’s game, including Alex Stalock: out (health protocols), Jujhar Khaira: day-to-day (upper body), Kyle Turris: day-to-day (covid protocol), Kailer Yamamoto: day-to-day (undisclosed).
The Jets do not have anyone on the injured list.
These teams have already met five teams this season as part of a nine-game regular-season series. They last played each other on March 18, with the Oilers taking home a 2-1 win. McDavid tallied both goals for the Oilers in the victory. It was the second straight game where McDavid scored twice (7-3 win over the Calgary Flames).
Edmonton has the 3-2 advantage in the series to date.
The over-under for this contest is set at six games, and after these teams scored 7, 10, and 11 combined goals in the first three meetings, it doesn’t come as a surprise. The last two games saw combined scores of five and three goals, respectively.
In what has been an up-and-down series so far, it is hard to bet against the host Oilers in tonight’s game, especially since they won the most recent contest. In their wins in the series, the Oilers have outscored the Jets 9-6.
In the games won by the Jets, they have outscored the Oilers 12-9. These teams love to score when they see each other and tonight will likely be no different. Look for McDavid to muscle himself into another goal or two as the Oilers shoot for a third straight victory overall and third straight in this series.
The -130 money line and -1.5 spread both favor Edmonton at home tonight and for good measure. The Oilers are 11-8-0 at home this season. Placing a wager on NHL action tonight? Put your money on the Oilers with the -1.5 spread.