After coming out with a win against the Seattle Kraken last night, the Edmonton Oilers are traveling to Winnipeg to take on the Jets.
The Winnipeg Jets have lost their only preseason on Sunday, losing 3-2 in overtime against the Ottawa Senators at home. The Oilers will be sending a weaker lineup tonight to Winnipeg since most of the veterans played last night.
This will be another chance for some of the players battling for a bottom 6 roles to showcase what they can bring to the lineup:
This is going to be our first chance to see Foegele and Kassian in game action this year. I would like to keep an eye on how these two play together. I am fairly sure that this is going to be the wingers on the third line for the Oilers this season. Asides from that, there is also Tyler Benson, Evan Bouchard and PTO tryout, Colton Sceviour to see how they are looking at the NHL level.
As for the Jets it looks like they are going to have two full lines of veterans and Connor Hellebuyck in net. This will be a tougher game for the Oilers to win based just on lineups alone. The Jets will want to bring home a win on their home ice after losing on Sunday. This game will be a better example of seeing how some of the younger players can play against high-quality players. Most of the Oilers lineup played against Calgary on Sunday but the Flames lineup didn’t have any high skilled players either.
Playing against the likes of Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor will also be a better litmus test for the Oilers goalies. With the Oilers not letting in a goal so far this preseason, the goaltending and defense has looked good so far. As we get closer to the regular season and rosters start to get smaller and the lineup skill gets higher.
With Hellebuyck likely getting in the game tonight and Morrissey, Schmidt and DeMelo on the back end, this will also be a harder game for the forwards to produce offense. That coupled with the lack of skilled forwards in the Oilers lineup means that this game is not going to be a runaway like the past two games.
If the Oilers take a couple penalties tonight it could be a good chance to see some players give the penalty kill a try. Benson and McLeod are a couple of players we have seen so far playing the PK. This is a chance to see if the likes of Foegele and Sceviour have some ability to play shorthanded.
You can always get the view of the Winnipeg Jets on Jets White Out. On there you can see a more in-depth analysis on the opponents.
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Date: September 29, 2021
Time: 6PM MST
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