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Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs Edmonton Oilers

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The Jets look to ring in the New Year with a win in the city of champions.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs Edmonton Oilers

Introduction:

The Winnipeg Jets uncharacteristically lost two games at home this past week to the Calgary Flames and the struggling Minnesota Wild. Dustin Byfuglien sustained what looks to be a fairly significant injury and may be out of the line up for a while. The rest of the team needs to be checked for excessive levels of tryptophan from turkey consumption, as they looked lethargic and slow as hell.

Edmonton has lost five games in a row and will be motivated to end 2018 with a win. The Oilers are struggling to stay in the wild card playoff race, and it seems that the fans are growing increasingly restless with the organization’s inability to build a contender around the best player in the world.

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Winnipeg Jets

Record: 24-12-12

Last Ten Games: 7-3

Who Is Hot: Tempted to say no one based on the last two games. However, Blake Wheeler still is consistent even when the rest of the team is sleeping.

Who is Not: Kyle Connor is one of my favourite Jets, but, he needs to get back to contributing more on offense.

Keep an Eye On: The sixth defenseman for the Jets with Buff out. Could be Joe Morrow, Sami (Hagar) Niku, or a long shot like Tucker Poolman.

Edmonton Oilers

Record: 18-17-3

Last Ten Games: 4-5-1

Who Is Hot: Connor McDavid. Best player in the world.

Who Is Not: We know the Oilers lost the Taylor Hall trade, but, I think Oilers fans expected a little more out of Adam Larsson.

Keep an Eye On: The Oilers first period. They will come out flying against the Jets who will have to weather the storm.