In the first round of the National Hockey League’s 2020-21 playoffs, the Winnipeg Jets are scheduled to play the Edmonton Oilers.
Finishing second in the Scotia North Division, the Oilers’ record of 38-18-2 secured home-ice advantage over Winnipeg in the upcoming best-of-seven series. The Jets’ record of 29-24-3 for the upcoming best-of-seven series. The Jets locked up third place in the Scotia North Division.
With their playoff run starting Wednesday, the Jets will look to take game one from the Oilers at Rogers Place that very night.
Edmonton took six straight games versus Winnipeg and finished with a 7-2-0 record to win the regular-season series. With no games reaching overtime, the Oilers will want to continue closing games out in regulation time once this series starts. In the nine games, the Oilers outscored the Jets 34 to 22.
Nikolaj Ehlers led Winnipeg against Edmonton with 3 goals and 5 assists. Being out since April 26th with an upper-body injury, Ehlers may just be back in time for the post-season.
Mark Scheifele and Andrew Copp both scored 3 goals and 7 assists against the Oilers this year, where Captain Blake Wheeler also managed to earn 3 goals and 2 assists during the regular season against the Oilers.
Laurent Brossoit going 0-2-0 against McDavid and company might validate my personal lack of confidence in him in this series.
Vezina Trophy recipient Connor Hellebuyck did not fare too well versus the Oilers either. His record of 2-5-0, .877 save %, and GAA of 3.96 might not be enough to hold back the Oilers. He’s going to need the Jets to play their best defence in front of him to take some of the pressure off.
During the regular season matchups, Connor McDavid scored 7 goals and got 15 assists to lead the Edmonton Oilers in points with 22 against the Jets. Earning a hat-trick in a 6-1 victory on April 26th and scoring all of his seven goals at even strength. Captain Connor did have a lot of support from his team as Leon Draisaitl’s 7 goals and 5 assists took some pressure off. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins helped out as well with 5 goals and 5 assists. Defencemen Tyson Barrie and Darnell Nurse were both highly productive on the blue line for the Oilers. Barrie earned 2 goals and 7 assists while Nurse netted 2 goals and 8 assists.
Goaltender Mike Smith went 4-1-0 with a .936 save % and a GAA of 2.06 with one shutout in his five starts. Mikko Koskinen finished with a 2.62 GAA, a save % of .913 in his five games, starting in four of them. Koskinen finished with a record of 3-1-0 against the Jets.
Since the Winnipeg Jets returned to Winnipeg as “Jets 2.0” ten years ago, they have not played the Edmonton Oilers in a playoff match. During the days of the Jets 1.0, the Oilers played Winnipeg a total of six times from 1983 to 1990 and taking each series from the Jets.
Also notable is that every time the Edmonton Oilers have won Lord Stanley’s Cup, the road to get there has gone through Winnipeg.
GO JETS GO!