Oilers Playoffs: Second Intermission Report vs Jets In Game One

Leon Draisaitl #29, Edmonton Oilers Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Leon Draisaitl #29, Edmonton Oilers Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

The second period between the Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers is complete. Two periods of playoff hockey are in the books in Edmonton.

For the first intermission report check out this link. Things opened up in the second period. For both teams, and there were definitely some highs and lows for the Edmonton Oilers.

The Stats:
Score: 1-1
Shots: 14 Winnipeg | 22 Edmonton
Faceoffs: 17 Winnipeg | 13 Edmonton
Hits: 52 Winnipeg | 37 Edmonton
Special Teams: Oilers 0 for 1 on the power play

The Breakdown:

This period was a lot more fun to watch than the first. Jesse Puljujarvi opened things up in the second period scoring a big goal midway through the second. This would give the Oilers a 1-0 lead, however, it would not last long.

The Jets eventually answered with a goal of their own. Mike Smith should have been able to collect that rebound and freeze the puck but unfortunately, the play ended with the puck in the back of the Oilers net. Early on in the game, it was all Oilers with the team rolling in the offensive zone, and while there are still some positives the team cannot take their foot off the gas pedal.

The Oilers had a great power-play opportunity but they have nothing to show for it. While the OIlers do have a dangerous power play it only matters if they can find a way to get pucks on the net and get second opportunities. Most of their shots ended up being cleared the other way on the first man advantage.

Locker Room Talk:

The Jets are without two of their best players in Nikolaj Ehlers and Pierre-Luc Dubois, this game needs to open up more for the Oilers. If things are this close right now then what is going to be the outcome when Winnipeg gets back their two players? The Oilers need to turn it on now.

Connor McDavid hasn’t been up to a lot through the first forty minutes. While the Jets are obviously going to be prioritizing shutting him down, he needs to find a way to impact this game.