❯❯ About the OILERS

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❯❯ About the OILERS

Edmonton (17-18-2 prior to Friday night’s game against Chicago) will be looking for some revenge after dropping a 4-3 decision in Winnipeg last Wednesday. The Oilers also fell 5-2 to the Jets on home ice in early October.

Edmonton has been playing much better of late as they get back in the playoff conversation following a terrible start to their season.

C Connor McDavid (14G, 31A entering play Friday) has been leading the way, having kicked a pair of illnesses that had been hampering him for some time. C Leon Draisaitl (9G, 22A) and C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (14G, 12A) give the Oilers three strong pillars up the middle.

There is also plenty of offensive punch on the wings, with LW Milan Lucic (9G, 17A), LW Patrick Maroon (9G, 11A), RW Jujhar Khaira (7G, 6A) and rookie RW Jesse Puljujarvi (7G, 2A) bringing a mix of size and skill.

Edmonton welcomed back D Oscar Klefbom (3G, 6A) back from injury Friday following a four-game absence. D Kris Russell (2G, 13A) and D Darnell Nurse (2G, 11A) also help provide some offence from the blue line.

Veteran G Cam Talbot (14-11-1, 2.89 GAA, .907 SV%) and G Laurent Brossoit (3-7-1, 3.22 GAA, .886 SV%) have both battled inconsistency this season.

Edmonton has struggled on special teams, with a power play that is ranked 22nd-overall (16.7%) and a penalty kill that is dead-last in the NHL (73.7%)

EDMONTON OILERS

1 Laurent Brossoit G

33 Cam Talbot G

2 Andrej Sekera D

4 Kris Russell D

6 Adam Larsson D

13 Mike Cammalleri LW

16 Jujhar Khaira RW

18 Ryan Strome C

19 Patrick Maroon LW

25 Darnell Nurse D

27 Milan Lucic LW

29 Leon Draisaitl C

44 Zack Kassian RW

55 Mark Letestu C

58 Anton Slepyshev LW

77 Oscar Klefbom D

81 Yohan Auvitu D

83 Matt Benning D

88 Brandon Davidson D

91 Drake Caggiula LW

93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C

97 Connor McDavid C

98 Jesse Puljujarvi RW

Head coach: Todd McLellan

Assistant coaches: Jay Woodcroft, Jim Johnson, Ian Herbers

Goaltending coach: Dustin Schwartz

WINNIPEG JETS

35 Steve Mason G

37 Connor Hellebuyck G

3 Tucker Poolman D

5 Dmitry Kulikov D

7 Ben Chiarot D

8 Jacob Trouba D

9 Andrew Copp LW

13 Brandon LW

15 Matt Hendricks C

16 Shawn Matthias LW

17 Adam Lowry C

18 Bryan Little C

26 Blake Wheeler RW

27 Nikolaj Ehlers LW

29 Patrik Laine RW

40 Joel Armia RW

44 Josh Morrissey D

56 Marko Dano LW

57 Tyler Myers D

71 Julian Melchiori D

81 Kyle Connor LW

85 Mathieu Perreault LW

Head coach: Paul Maurice

Assistant coaches: Charlie Huddy, Jamie Kompon, Todd Woodcroft

Goaltending coach: Wade Flaherty

— Mike McIntyre

Mike McIntyre

Mike McIntyre
Sports columnist

Mike McIntyre grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler. But when that dream fizzled, he put all his brawn into becoming a professional writer.