NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, January 18th
(All times Eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (15-30-5) at Winnipeg Jets (21-23-5), 2 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets will try to make it three straight
wins with Paul Maurice behind the bench, as they welcome the lowly Edmonton
Oilers for Saturday's matinee battle at MTS Centre.
The Jets are 2-0 since firing head coach Claude Noel and replacing him with
Maurice. The club has outscored the opposition by a 10-3 score since the
Maurice guided Winnipeg to a 5-1 home win over Phoenix on Monday and then
posted a 5-2 win Thursday in Calgary. The Jets scored two goals in both the
first and second periods to build a 4-0 cushion on Thursday and then held on
for the victory over the Flames.
"First two periods we were good. Patience and hard working. And then they came
on. They had nothing to lose. So there is still some learning for us on how to
handle that," said Maurice. "At the end of the day we needed some good things
to happen and one of them is your goalie senses that and made some good
Olli Jokinen, Bryan Little and Mark Scheifele each posted a goal and an assist
to lead the Jets in Calgary. Jacob Trouba and Dustin Byfuglien also tallied
for the Jets, who last won three straight from Dec. 27-31.
Ondrej Pavelec was solid in net, making 20 saves to notch the win.
The Jets and Oilers have split a pair of meetings in 2013-14, but Saturday's
tilt -- the season-series finale -- is the first encounter in Winnipeg.
Edmonton has taken three of four overall in the series and four of six all-
time on the road against the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise. This is only the
second meeting in Winnipeg since the Jets relocated from Atlanta prior to the
The Oilers are currently mired in a three-game losing streak and the Western
Conference's basement-dwellers are just 4-12-2 over their past 18 games.
Edmonton has lost all three tilts during its current slide in regulation and
has yielded four or more goals in each of those setbacks.
Ben Scrivens made his debut in net for the Oilers in a 4-1 loss at Minnesota
on Thursday. Scrivens, who was acquired from Los Angeles for a 2014 third-
round draft choice on Wednesday, made 29 saves in his first game with the
"I felt pretty good, but I need to find a way to make another save or two for
the guys here. Every game at this point of my career is another chance for me
to develop and get better," Scrivens said. "Every team is different, we did so
many things well in our own zone, but we made a few mistakes."
Jordan Eberle produced Edmonton's lone highlight with a first-period goal.
Forward Matt Hendricks also debuted for Edmonton after coming over from
Nashville in another trade on Wednesday. Hendricks, who was acquired for
goaltender Devan Dubnyk, failed to register a shot on goal in Thursday's loss.
The Oilers will try to salvage a win today in the finale of a four-game road
trip. The club has lost six straight as the guest and is 7-18-3 away from
Edmonton this season.
Edmonton played Thursday without forward Ales Hemsky and he expects to miss a
second straight game with a bruised ankle. Fellow forward Nail Yakupov
suffered a head injury in the loss against the Wild and is doubtful for
Meanwhile, Jets defenseman Grant Clitsome underwent season-ending back surgery
Thursday at the Marina Spine Center in California. Clitsome scored two goals
with 10 assists in 32 games this season, but hasn't played since Dec. 17.
Jets forward Evander Kane will miss a fourth straight game with a deep cut on
his hand. Kane was placed on injured reserve on Thursday and Carl Klingberg
was recalled from St. John's of the AHL to take his spot on the roster.
01/18 10:31:46 ET