Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets Game 3 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated May 22, 2021

The pressure is on for Connor McDavid and the Oilers, as they now need to win at least one of the next two games in Winnipeg to stay alive in this series.

Edmonton
35-19-2
AT
May 23, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Bell MTS Place
Winnipeg
30-23-1-2
Puckline -1.5 +195
Moneyline -145
Over / Under o +5.5

72%

Betting Action

28%

Puckline +1.5 -235
Moneyline +121
Over / Under u +5.5

72%

Betting Action

28%

Reigning Vezina winner Connor Hellebuyck’s masterful 38-save shutout combined with Paul Stastny’s overtime winner has given the Winnipeg Jets a 2-0 series lead heading back to the Prairies. The Jets’ Game 2 victory marked the second game in a row where Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl went without a point — so far Winnipeg’s had the better performing Connor.

Games 3 and 4 go in back-to-back nights at Bell MTS Place, meaning this series could be wrapped up by Monday night. Game 3 starts Sunday at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Oilers vs. Jets Stanley Cup Odds

Game 2 was at even as it gets, a 0-0 score after 60 minutes speaks for itself. But once again it was the Oilers failing to persevere at home. Edmonton’s dropped five of their last six home playoff games and are now 16-14 at home this season including the regular season.

The series now shifts to Bell MTS Place, an arena Winnipeg is .500 (13-13-2) at in 2021. The Oilers meanwhile, are a much better team on the road this season with a 19-7-2 record. Edmonton’s also on a seven-game winning streak on the road.

Edmonton a -122 road favourite to win on the NHL odds with the total at 5.5. The Under has hit in 13 of Edmonton’s last 20 games and four of the last five Oilers–Jets contests.

Edmonton Oilers

Only once in the regular season did McDavid go without a point in two straight games. It’s happened again at the worst time, with the Oilers now in a big hole. McDavid had five shots in Game 2, while Draisaitl had four. Edmonton head coach Dave Tippett put McDavid and Draisaitl on a line together for Game 2 and Draisaitl led all forwards with 30:21 time on ice. Darnell Nurse played a game-high 32:55 and put a team-high six pucks on net.

Mike Smith did his best to keep the Oilers in each game, but he has received zero support up front. Smith posted 35 saves on 36 shots in Game 2, and stopped 18 of 20 in Game 1.

Winnipeg Jets

Stastny’s winner was his second career playoff overtime goal with his first coming over seven years ago while on Colorado. Winnipeg’s now gotten game-winners from Dominic Toninato and Stastny, as forward depth has also been a huge key to the Jets early success. And when Hellebuyck’s in net, Winnipeg’s always got a chance. He’s stopped 70 of 71 shots faced in this series and is playing at a similar level to when the Jets went on a run back in 2018.

Pierre-Luc Dubois returned to Winnipeg’s lineup in Game 2 and had four hits in 13:05 of ice time. Nikolaj Ehlers remained out, but could return for Game 3.

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