The Connor McDavid’s or as they are more commonly known as the Edmonton Oilers return to the playoffs for the first time since 2017 and the 2nd time in the last 15 seasons. The Oilers and the Winnipeg Jets will square off in the first round of these Stanley Cup playoffs. The Oilers finished 2nd in the division with 72 points. The Jets claimed 3rd in the division with a 30-23-3 record which netted them 63 points. The last time these two teams met in the playoffs was way back in 1990 in which the Oilers won in 7 games.
The Jets and the Oilers played each other nine times this season with Edmonton dominating the series. The Oilers went 7-2-0 against the Jets. In those nine games, the Oilers scored 34 goals while the Jets only scored 22. The last time these two teams played was April 28th where the Oilers won by a score of 3 to 1.
The Jets are crawling into the playoffs after they lost 9 of their last 12 games to close out the season including a 7 game losing streak. The Jets are lead by Mark Scheifele who scored 21 goals and lead the team with 63 points. There were two other players to hit the 20 goal mark on the Jets. One being the team leader in goals in Kyle Connor with 26 goals and Nikolaj Ehlers who lit the lamp 21 times this season. The Jets finished 12th in the league with 3.04 goals per game.
In the regualr season Connor Hellebuyck had the majority of the share of the goaltending gig. He played in 45 games and won 24 of them. He finished the year with a 2.58 GAA and a .916SV%. Hellebuyck was the 2019-2020 Vezina trophy winner and over the past few seasons has proven himself to be on of the better goalies in the NHL. The Jets finished 10th in the league with 2.71 goals allowed per game.
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The Oilers are lead by their captain and savior Connor McDavid. McDavid is the Art Ross winner this season as he finished with 105 points. The next closest to him in the point total category in the league was a guy that happens to be on his own team in Leon Draisaitl who finished with 84 points. Draisaitl and McDavid both hit the 30 goal mark this year. Other guys on the Oilers that had good seasons include Tyson Barrie who registered 40 assists and a trio of 15 goal scorers in Darnell Nurse, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Jesse Puljujarvi. The Oilers finished 7th in the league with 3.27 goals per game.
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Defensively the Oilers sat 12th in the league with 2.75 goals allowed per game. They threw out a goaltending duo of Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith. Smith played 32 of the games comapred to Koskinen’s 26 but in this series the net should belong to the 38 year old tendy in Smith. In his 32 games Smith posted a 2.31 GAA and a .923 SV%. Both categories he finsihed in the top 12 of qualified goalies.
Going into this series it already seems a bit one sided. For the Jets to win this series they are going to have to heavily rely on Hellebuyck while simultaneously trying to silence the best hockey player on planet earth. Seems like a pretty tough task. There is no way that McDavid will see a first round exit in his 2nd playoff stint. The team has been on his back all season and there is no reason for him to drop them now. Bugzy says Oilers in 6.
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