In their third and last head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers take the ice at Rogers Place for a Western Conference showdown. RSN will broadcast the matchup, and the action gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 31.
Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers Odds
Winnipeg (+125) is entering this one as the underdog to Edmonton (-145) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under).
Winnipeg is 22-17 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.2 units this year. Through 39 regular season contests, 21 of its games have gone over the total, while 16 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Jets are 8-13 SU on the road in 2017-18.
Winnipeg has converted on 23.4 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.4 percent of its penalties.
The Jets, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.1 times per game in the 2017-18 season, and 3.0 per game over its past five games. The team has had to kill penalties just 6.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 27.3 saves per game with a .921 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (20-11-5) has been the primary option in goal for Winnipeg this year. If head coach Paul Maurice decides to rest him, however, the team might go with Steve Mason (2-8-1), who has a .899 save percentage and 3.47 goals against average this year.
Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Jets. Wheeler has 44 points via 10 goals and 34 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 11 different games. Scheifele has 15 goals and 23 assists to his credit, and has logged at least one point in 21 games.
Over on the other bench, Edmonton is 17-21 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 38 regular season contests, 19 of its games have gone over the total, while 18 have gone under and just one has pushed. This season, the team is 8-11 SU as the home team.
The Oilers have converted on just 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 32nd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 72.7 percent of all opponent power plays.
Edmonton players have been penalized 4.0 times per game in total this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five at home. The teams been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 7.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Cam Talbot has stopped 26.6 shots per game as the top option in goal for the Oilers. Talbot has 14 wins, 14 losses, and two OT losses to his credit and has registered a fairly-weak .906 save percentage and 2.93 goals against average this season.
The Oilers will be led on offense by Connor McDavid (14 goals, 31 assists).
Winnipeg Jets vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Over
- The over has hit in three of Edmonton’s last five outings.
- Five of Edmonton’s last ten contests have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 4-1 overall in those games.
- The Oilers this season have tallied the most hits per game (27.1).