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0.0: PLAY TARZAN BOY! Draisaitl nets two goals and an assist – making it 102 points on the season – Smith makes 39 saves and RNH gets three points as well for the HUGE 3-2 VICTORY! Next up is the Nashville Predators on Monday.
41.3: SMITHERS! The ‘tender makes another clutch save on the doorstep as the Oilers defend for their dear life.
2:30: The Oilers neutralize Jones’ minor. They’ll look to hold on with under three minutes to play. The Jets have pulled Hellebuyck for the extra attacker.
4:44: Caleb Jones takes a high-sticking minor. BIG kill for the Oilers upcoming.
5:16: THE NUGE WITH A… HUGE GOAL! Draisaitl threads a feed to RNH and the winger snipes far side for his 19th of the season and 53rd point. That’s 102 points for Draisaitl with his third point! | EDM 3, WPG 2
5:31: Back and forth action transpires as the Oilers muster heavy pressure on the Jets but can’t convert. Mark Scheifele then attacks off the rush but Smith gets a blocker on his wrister.
14:59: Roslovic rips one from the slot then Copp tries to put back the rebound but K. Russell makes yet another great defensive effort to prevent a goal.
16:47: Coach Dave Tippett decides to shuffle his lines up, moving Archibald to the top line with McDavid and Ennis, while Athanasiou is with Sheahan and Patrick Russell.
20:00: The third period has begun!
0.0: Draisaitl’s second of the night and 101st point levels the score for the Oilers, who get down in the second after two Jets goals 34 seconds apart by Shaw and Connor. After 40, it’s 2-2.
11.8: POWER-PLAY PRECISION! RNH to McDavid to Draisaitl for the slot tip and it’s a tie game! That’s Draisaitl’s 39th marker of the year, second of the game and 101st point! That’s two power-play goals for Drai and the Oilers tonight. | EDM 2, WPG 2
1:26: Archibald and Riley Sheahan attack on the penalty kill, drawing a holding minor against Dmitry Kulikov. The Oilers will get 1:43 of power-play time after 17 seconds of 4-on-4.
3:09: Nugent-Hopkins gets two minutes for cross-checking. The Oilers will be shorthanded for two minutes.
6:03: Kyle Connor deposits a one-timer off a Wheeler dangle then dish. The Jets take the lead with goals 34 seconds apart. | WPG 2, EDM 1
6:37: Logan Shaw beats Smith’s blocker to knot it up for the Jets. | EDM 1, WPG 1
7:30: Smith starts the breakout with an outlet pass to McDavid, who finds K. Russell creeping in from the point but the defender’s shot is deflected out of play.
10:45: MR. SMITH! Andrew Copp goes backhand-forehand on Smith in tight but the keeper extends his right pad for the big stop. He has 13 saves tonight.
13:15: Jujhar Khaira dings the iron from up close. Prior to that, Blake Wheeler couldn’t force the puck across the Oilers goal-line after a 2-on-1, as K. Russell made a great defensive effort.
16:48: Kassian staples DeMelo to the boards behind the Jets’ net. The Oilers winger is back making his presence felt after a seven-game suspension.
20:00: The second period has begun!
0.0: Draisaitl’s 38th goal and 100th point – his second consecutive 100-point season – puts the Oilers ahead 1-0 after 20. Shots are even at 8-8.
4:48: The Oilers top line of Ennis-McDavid-Athanasiou string together two consecutive strong shifts, producing several high-grade chances around the cage.
10:16: Ethan Bear looks for Nugent-Hopkins on the high-slot deflection but the puck is tipped out of play.
13:33: MCDAVID ➡️DRAISAITL=?! Connor McDavid makes a great backhand pass to Draisaitl, who deposits a one-timer past Hellebuyck to open the scoring. That’s goal 38 for Draisaitl and point 100 as the Oilers fans chant ‘MVP!’ | EDM 1, WPG 0
14:38: Josh Archibald is dumped behind the Jets’ net by Dylan DeMelo, causing the defenceman to go off for tripping. Edmonton gets the game’s first power play.
15:06: Mason Appleton attacks off the rush but has his wrister snared by Mike Smith.
15:28: Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins force a turnover in Winnipeg’s zone but neither can bounce a shot on net on Connor Hellebuyck.
18:49: Leon Draisaitl splits the Jets’ D then dishes to Kassian but Jack Roslovic pokes the pass out of the winger’s reach.
20:00: Puck drop has been dropped! Zack Kassian and Kris Russell return to the lineup for the Oilers in a BIG Western Conference matchup on Hockey Night in Canada. ?
Athanasiou – McDavid – Ennis
Nugent-Hopkins – Draisaitl – Kassian
Archibald – Sheahan – P. Russell
Khaira – Haas – Chiasson
Nurse – Bear
Jones – Larsson
K. Russell – Benning
OUT: Mike Green, Kailer Yamamoto, William Lagesson, Markus Granlund
OILERS TODAY | PRE-GAME VS WPG