Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets - 2/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Winnipeg Jets (33-27-6) at Edmonton Oilers (33-23-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -130 / Winnipeg Jets +108 --- Over/Under: 6
TV: CBC, Sportsnet, CIty
The Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers meet in NHL action from Rogers Place on Saturday night.
The Winnipeg Jets will look to build on a 3-0 win over Washington in their last outing. Dmitry Kulikov opened the scoring for the Jets just under seven minutes into the game and the lead would hold through the first and all of the 2nd before Kyle Connor doubled Winnipeg’s lead just over seven minutes into the final period. Mark Scheifele finished the job late in the 3rd, adding an empty-netter to secure the win for the Jets at home. Connor Hellebuyck got the win to improve to 27-20-5 on the year after stopping all 34 shots faced in the winning effort for his 5th shutout of the season.
The Edmonton Oilers will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 3-0 loss to Vegas last time out. The Golden Knights went in front with just under four minutes to go in the opening period and the Golden Knights would carry that lead through the 2nd and the early part of the 3rd before Vegas surged ahead 3-0 with a pair of goals 4:15 apart. Edmonton outshot Vegas 12-8 in the 3rd, but the Oilers didn’t get any closer and even worse, they didn’t breach the Vegas net as the Golden Knights held on for the shutout. Mikko Koskinen took the loss, falling to 16-13-2 on the year after stopping 30 of 33 shots faced in the losing effort.
Head-to-head, Winnipeg is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Edmonton.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game and while Edmonton has McDavid and Draisaitl back together and healthy again, the Oilers lost new acquisition Andreas Athanasiou, so we may have to wait to see how that chemistry develops. For the time being, Edmonton is back to struggling and while Winnipeg’s had their own ups and downs, the Jets are coming off of that big win over Washington and have had the upper hand on the Oilers in recent meetings. I’ll take a shot with the Jets and the plus money here.