JETBLAST: Game Day Preview Feb. 27/12 Oilers at Jets

(24-31-6) 54 points (30-26-8) 68 points

14th in West, 5th in Northwest

8th in East, 2nd in Southeast

Oilers

The Oilers are in a race to avoid last place for a third year in a row, knowing their luck for acquiring young talented forwards my guess is they’ll win the lottery and get to pick first again regardless if they fall below Columbus. Had they not had such a great start to the year they would easily be last place.

Despite their standing in the league this is a team that can not be over looked. The Oilers top players are all under 25 years of age and have the skill to make any team look bad. This is not a team I look forward to playing in a couple of years.

The Jets best offense in this game may just be the Oilers defense. As talented as the Oilers forwards are they lack defensive skill and their goaltending has been questionable at times. Ex-Jet Nikolai Khabibulin returns to Winnipeg but will not get the start.

Jets

The Jets have been playing their best hockey of the year at the right time. They have not lost in regulation in six games and will look to pick up a crucial two points against a non playoff team tonight. Ondrej Pavelec will be back in the net and will be key in stopping the high-flying Oilers offense.

The Jets made no major deals today so they shouldn’t have to deal with any chemistry issues and it should serve as a vote of confidence in the players left in the room that they can get the job done and make the playoffs. With the lone departure of Johnny Oduya and Zach Bogosian a game time decision, Mark Flood could see game action tonight as arriving Grant Clitsome won’t make it to Winnipeg until tomorrow morning.

Every game is crucial but losing points to teams below them in the standings is playoff suicide. With three games left on their home stand it would go a long way for the playoffs if they can take all six available points.

Keys to Victory

Keep the power play hot. The Jets have gotten it going with the man advantage and capitalizing on the power play could be the difference in the game

Exposing the defense. The Oilers defense are their weakness and exploiting that will be key to victory.

Score first. The Jets continue to be better when they score first at home. They have yet to lose in regulation when scoring first and adding a second goal in the game.

Ondrej the Giant. He is the Jets MVP and if he is off the Jets are done.

Injuries

Zach Bogosian (Upper Body) – Questionable

Starting Goalies

Jets – Ondrej Pavelec (23-20-7, 2.78, .911) [Confirmed]
Oilers- Devon Dubnyk (12-15-1, 2.88, .908) [Confirmed]

Prediction

The Jets streak continues and pick up a big win in a dominating performance.

Winnipeg Jets 6 – Edmonton Oilers 2

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Jeff Stevenson is a co-founder of winnipegwhiteout.com and co-host of the popular Jets Hockey Podcast. He grew up in Winnipeg, MB and became very passionate about sports, hockey and the Jets. Now Jeff is proud and honored to help bring news and information about the Winnipeg Jets to fans around the world.