Bell MTS Place will be hosting a Western Conference matchup as the Winnipeg Jets take the ice against the visiting Edmonton Oilers. The match will get underway at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 27, and fans at home are able to catch the game live on Sportsnet West.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets Odds
Edmonton (+115) is entering this one as the underdog to Winnipeg (-135) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under).
Winnipeg is 20-17 straight up (SU) and has earned 2.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Central Division so far in the early season, is fairly close to what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (40-42). Of its 37 games this season, 20 have gone over the total, while 16 have gone under and just one has pushed. This season, the team is 12-4 SU at home.
The Jets have connected on 24.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s good enough for fifth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties.
The Jets, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.2 times per game overall this season, and 3.4 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to kill penalties for just 8.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.
With a .920 save percentage and 27.0 saves per game, Connor Hellebuyck (18 wins, 11 losses, and five OT losses) has been the primary option in goal for Winnipeg this season. If head coach Paul Maurice decides to give him the night off, however, Winnipeg may go with Steve Mason (2-8-8 record, .899 save percentage, 3.47 goals against average).
Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele will each lead the offensive attack for the Jets. Wheeler (41 points) has tallied nine goals and 32 assists and has recorded two or more points on 11 different occasions this year. Scheifele has 15 goals and 22 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 21 contests.
Edmonton is 17-19 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. Through 36 regular season outings, 18 of its games have gone under the total, while 17 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Oilers are 9-9 SU as the road team this season.
The Oilers have converted on just 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 32nd overall and it’s successfully defended 72.8 percent of all opponent power plays.
Edmonton’s players have been penalized 4.0 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five outings. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Cam Talbot (.908 save percentage and 2.84 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Edmonton. Talbot is averaging 26.1 saves per game and has 14 wins, 12 losses, and one overtime loss to his credit.
Connor McDavid (14 goals, 29 assists) has been one of the most vital playmaking threats for the visiting Oilers.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Oilers, O/U – Over
- The total has gone under in three of Winnipeg’s last five games.
- Over Edmonton’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-2 in those games).
- This game features two of the tougher defenses in the league. Edmonton skaters have dished out the leagues most hits per game (27.2) and the Jets have handed the 11th-most (22.2).